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Project by aerialcopper posted 05-21-2018 07:31 PM 1632 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Perhaps more of a vise-bench. I usually work sitting on the floor, and I was tired of using a sawhorse with a drill press vise clamped to it. I use it mostly for sawing, filing, and drilling.

The vise swivels all the way around, pivoting on a 3/4” hex head bolt mortised into the base. The wooden vise base has a hollow cut into it, so when the handle underneath the surface is tightened, the vise will not rotate. The leg horizontal members are rabbeted to hold a tool box. The legs are flush with the table edge to give a few more options for workholding. I have a few sets of vise jaws, metal and wood, but I use these beech ones the most.

Made of red oak joined with cherry dowels I made using this method. 15” wide, 20” tall, 24” long.

-- Dylan-

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#1 posted 05-21-2018 08:29 PM

Seems to be very sturdy and looks very nice too!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#2 posted 05-22-2018 12:07 AM

Wow, that’s a fancy machinists vise. Did you come across one cheap, or use it for machining on the side? Looks like a useful setup.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 05-22-2018 02:44 AM

Wow, that s a fancy machinists vise. Did you come across one cheap, or use it for machining on the side? Looks like a useful setup.

- bobasaurus

Hi Allen-
I did pay plenty for it and I don’t have a mill… It was about the same price new as an american-made Wilton (or Benchcrafted for that matter), but I had wanted the Kurt style for a long time for its jaw versatility and common parts. Better suited to the odd work I get; I don’t do much jointery at this point. A machine shop I worked at used an old one as a bench vise and I warmed up to the idea there.

-- Dylan-

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#4 posted 05-22-2018 01:35 PM

That’s a nice looking bench and I love Oak when it comes to being heavy and solid. And that vise is awesome. Kurt vises are the best in the world IMHO. If I had that vise, I’d buy a mill to go with it ;-)) But, I love what you’re doing with it too. It’s a bit overkill for a WW vise but better too much than too little!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 05-22-2018 01:57 PM

You did a nice job on this vise stand. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-22-2018 08:56 PM

I dig it.

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