Festool stuff #14: Engineers vice mount plate, for the MFT3 table.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-30-2020 11:59 AM 1759 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Engineers vice mount plate
for the MFT3 table.

When I make stuff like jigs and so in the workshop, I often find my self running from one end to the other, as my engineers vice is in an other room by my big workbench, but the other day I had it! Since I have several vices laying around, I decided to dedicate one to my MFT3 workbench, like this the running can come to an end and I can focus on the work.

I had an engineers swivel base, clamp on vice that I found good for the project, as it was not too heavy and will come on and off, when needed and stored under the table or hanging on the wall, when not in use.

Cut a piece of strong plywood 2 cm thick.
Gave it a 20 mm hole to fit the MFT3 system.
Then rounded the edges for joy and comfort.

Testing it by cutting screws for the router fence I were working on, as I got tired of running and made this add on to the table.
Vice clamped to the plate and plate mounted to MFT3 with a clamp.
It works perfectly fine, but it can move from side to side…
(If you make a wider plate it can be held in two holes and give stability).

I did not want it wider, perhaps even narrower, so I had to stabilize it.
Put a long fence dog through the hole and through the table, to fix the position and locked it down with a clamp.
The a square to make it square to the table.

Made a small fence from some of the off cut and gave it a small rabbet.


Pushed it firmly against the table and brat nailed it.

And brat nails from the back.
Might be good to give it some screws also, to add strength.

A bench dog and a large nob.

Knob goes on from the under side and so it is all fixed.

For less demanding tasks, you can make a quick mount, with a clap.
Or a combination of dog and clamp.

In America you are wise, when you use a vise, in England it would be vice…, in Denmark a vise is a folk song – who said it would be easy…

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or a song at least…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

5 comments so far

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-30-2020 12:27 PM

That’s clever! One of my problems with my engineer’s vise is that it always seems to be on the wrong end of my workbench. Either it’s in the way, and I want it in the back corner, or I need to hold something larger (like a chair seat, a la John Brown) and need it on the front corner in the middle of the room.

I’ve been pondering how to put wooden jaws on mine to make it more generally useful, as well. I have the magnetically-held plastic inserts, but I think I would rather have wooden jaws bolted on. Which requires drilling holes in the face of the vise jaws, which are fairly hard… or perhaps there’s a better solution.

In any case, great work, and now you’ve got me thinking as well.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 12-30-2020 01:19 PM

I made these for the vice by my workbench.

There are a rare earth magnet in the center, this holds them in place, when you open and close.
They rest on the bed, but you could make them go over the metal jaws.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 12-30-2020 03:39 PM

Pretty cool, Mads. I made a similar one for my shop at home, We think alike a lot!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 12-30-2020 04:50 PM

+1 for what Jim said!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 12-31-2020 01:03 AM

Hi guys,
Dave P, Thank you. Yes they are always in the way, when they are fixed, I have that issue in my allotment. That’s why I mount them like this. I posted a blog for you to show the wood jaws. I like this version, because I can use the vice in both ways, instead of only wood jaws.
Jim, I can imagine, smiles. Yes we do think a lot the same, I have seen that over the years, Thank you.
Lew, +1 for you dear Lew, big warm smile.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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