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Forum topic by Maximillian posted 06-03-2009 12:48 AM 2698 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2009 12:48 AM

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I am building a workbench, for which I have bought a Groz 9” iron QR vise (after reading the write up in Fine Woodworking Magazine). I intend to install it in accordance with the directions in the FWW article “Installing a Cast Iron Vise” – September/ October 2002.
Has anyone installed a cast iron vise in this manner and had good success?
The issue for me is whether I should treat the edge of the bench as the back vise face or install the vice on the face of the bench and have a separate wooden face plate for the back jaw, which then sticks out from the bench? Is that as clear as mud?
I would appreciate any advice and or photos of how you ended up

-- Max, New Zealand

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#1 posted 06-03-2009 01:12 AM

you should mount it so that the back jaw of the vise if FLUSH with the bench top – this way if you need to hold a long piece of wood you can use the rest of the bench to help support the board, and it will not be sticking 2” away from it.

here is my current top – far from the greatest – but just to show you what I mean with the vise

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#2 posted 06-03-2009 01:42 AM

Don,t have the vise face sticking out, flush is best as purplev says. Remember there are plenty of work clamping options other than a vise for your bench, and having things flush makes life much easier. By the way is it vise or vice? I,ve always wondered. I think ones an american spelling but don,t quote me on that.

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#3 posted 06-03-2009 02:01 AM

Those of us who speak the Queen’s English say vice. Others say vise. As this is an American site (actually, I am assuming that) I have modified my behaviour to suit.
Thanks for the advice on the vice or thanks for the advise on the vise

-- Max, New Zealand

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#4 posted 06-03-2009 05:58 AM

flush Max

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#5 posted 06-03-2009 06:42 AM

do you have pictures?
Looking at the images online, looks like that vise is the exact RECORD 52 1/2D, my current vise.
The workbench Book by Scott Landis has a separate section for this vise and pag 147 shows technical drawings about setting the vise. The first option you mention is the right one, but It totally depends how is built your bench top.

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