Twin Screw Bench Vise

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Project by oldwolf posted 08-27-2010 05:09 PM 8919 views 24 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an idea originally put up by Chris Schwarz (editor for popular woodworking magazine) on his blog. It’s a take on the twin screw vise based on several books from the 1800’s. The idea of being able to put a twin screw vise onto my bench when I need it and get it out of my way when I don’t was something I couldn’t pass up. I always wanted one but didn’t want to dedicate that much workbench space to the construct and now I have the best of both worlds, there when I want it, on the shelf under the bench when I don’t.

The version Chris built used a couple of “F” clamps or some long hold fasts to secure the vise to the bench,, just like I used it the first picture. but I didn’t like the “F” clamps crowding me on either side and I wanted to use my shorter holdfasts to do the work. So I dovetailed in a piece of oak to act as a back ledge and hold the vise in place.

It works like a dream, the biggest cost for building this is not the lumber but the threading box for cutting the threads into the screws and the back board of the vise, I used a 1 1/2” box to cut for this vise that I bought off of eBay, but I know woodcraft carries them. (I’m sure that’s where mine originally came from)

The vise adds 5 1/2” of height to the bench which brings joinery work up to a level that relieves the dovetail hunch that is developed after a day of half bending over at the traditional vise. It has the capacity to hold a board 26” wide and probably 8” thick if I wanted. (God what a chunk of wood that would be.)

Anyhow enjoy, as always I detailed the build further on my blog you can read more about it here:



-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 08-27-2010 05:59 PM

What a great idea!

That’s my next project.

-- M Clark, Georgia

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#2 posted 08-27-2010 07:08 PM

Great idea!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 08-27-2010 08:34 PM

Very nice. Great idea. I might use it should I ever get to the workshop.

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#4 posted 08-27-2010 08:35 PM

Nice one!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 08-28-2010 06:50 PM

great wice you made I was looking at Schwarz┬┤s blog too and thought it was a cool idea to
ad to my Skandinavien/europe stile bench

I have looked at your projectpage and I most say you have made some niice tools :-)
ceep let them coming it always great to see how people make tools and other things for the shop

take care

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#6 posted 08-29-2010 12:47 PM

Thanks for that simple idea.I have to make one for myself.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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