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PhillipRCW

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12-22-2014 08:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig tip resource question clamp joining

I am designing/building a mobile workbench. I have one currently, but it’s a multitasker for storage, shelving, and assembly. I am working on the new workshop cabinet set that will hold all of my tools, storage, table space for the bandsaw, drill press, and router table. So the assembly table will be just that. I’d like to vises on it for planing an securing items, but I was hoping to get some ideas on what to get? I know I can just order everything from Rockler, but most times people working with wood for a living design and build better jigs and vises so I’m asking for help. I have built a ton of projects and never used anything other than a table top mounted metal vise with some plastic covers on it. So does anyone have a particular model they think is best for vises or a design that I can build that may work better?

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.


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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 12-23-2014 05:56 AM

Phillip,

It really depends on your preferences for clamping work. That being said, many people find a simple front vise – like this, but similar are available pretty much anywhere – to be very all-round useful.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 06:28 PM

A woodworking vise is great if all you do is woodworking. If you do any metalworking at all, a woodworking vise is worthless for holding metal. You will also need a multi-purpose metal vise. You can get small ones that clamp onto the table, but are not up to the task for large metal work. On my bench, I have a wood vise on one end and a metal vise on the other end. They serve all my work holding needs.

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PhillipRCW

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 06:38 PM

The only real metal work I’ll do is maybe drilling through some angle iron for bookcase supports. If I get into metal work later it just provides me an opportunity to rebuild the table.

Mark, I am so tempted to throw down some money at the mill and build an awesome table like yours. I was showing my wife last night and she glared at me burning down to the core. I’m going to take that as a no right now.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#4 posted 12-23-2014 06:39 PM

The only real metal work I’ll do is maybe drilling through some angle iron for bookcase supports. If I get into metal work later it just provides me an opportunity to rebuild the table.

Mark, I am so tempted to throw down some money at the mill and build an awesome table like yours. I was showing my wife last night and she glared at me burning down to the core. I’m going to take that as a no right now.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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ChrisK

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#5 posted 12-23-2014 07:33 PM

My assembly table has no vice on it. I use quick clamps and lengths of wood to hold the work to the table if needed. I also have a small vice from HF that can clamp to the top if I need to. A vise on my table would get in the way more than it would be useful. My main vise is an 8 inch one mounted to a work bench in another part of the work shop. Bigger than I need, but it was a gift.

-- Chris K

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PhillipRCW

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#6 posted 12-23-2014 07:46 PM

I thought about that, but I’m cramped as it is, and I’d prefer the clamp to be on a mobile base just so I have the option to move it around. My mobile workbench/ assembly table now is like 8’x3’. I thought about mounting it to the stationary work table, but I work on some big items and like being able to flip them around without hitting stuff.

Like anything though, I’ll get done and find things I want to do differently. Just keeps me busy.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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Mark Kornell

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#7 posted 12-23-2014 10:56 PM



The only real metal work I ll do is maybe drilling through some angle iron for bookcase supports. If I get into metal work later it just provides me an opportunity to rebuild the table.

Or install two vises, metal jaws on one and wood jaws on the other.


Mark, I am so tempted to throw down some money at the mill and build an awesome table like yours. I was showing my wife last night and she glared at me burning down to the core. I m going to take that as a no right now.

- PhillipRCW

You don’t have to use hardwood and Benchcrafted hardware on a bench. Softwoods are plenty sturdy at those kinds of thicknesses. And many chose to roll their own vises using inexpensive threaded screws.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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PhillipRCW

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#8 posted 12-23-2014 11:00 PM

I have been searching for some decent threaded screws. Just trying to mull over the options. The one I have now is very sturdy and it’s just 2×4’s and 2×6’s. There’s a local saw mill here in town that has amazing prices though. I can buy walnut cheaper there than almost anything at the bigger stores here. Oak is under $2 a bf. Walnut under $4. At those prices I’ll at least add some nice accents.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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