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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 11-07-2010 03:14 PM 7140 views 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a question about the details on my recent Bench Upgrade post.

The solution is from John White’s New Fangled workbench design.

A couple 3/4” pipe clamps, two laminated boards cut to size are all you need. In picture 5 you can see a side picture of the assembly. The board on the bottom right is bolted to the bench top. Drill the holes to fit, install the clamps, place the face board and you’re done.

This idea can be applied to most benches.

Bob A Nov 7 2010

-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 04:54 PM

How did you handle being able to pull them out at the same to open the vise wider? Thank you.

-- Russ

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 06:30 PM

Great idea Bob, I may have to copy it at some point in time.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 06:36 PM

Here’s a guy who did a variation on this, but he rigged a way to pull them out, as Russ suggests. It’s pretty clever. There are lots of popups and other crap, because it’s angelfire.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 07:42 PM


I don’t use the vise that often, mainly when building drawers. When I use it, I reach reach around the back and adjust the back end of the clamp.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 07:47 PM

J, Thanks for the link, yes, he certainly has a better and easier to use rig than mine.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 11-07-2010 08:17 PM

Don’t you just love it? One guy gets a great idea and the next adds his twist and so on. Before you know it a fantastic work bench that is very affordable. I wonder if I can add this to my out feed table?

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 02:49 AM

excellent! pipe clamps work surprisingly well as vises when fixed to a bench, i’m surprised they’re not used more. I use them for a side vise. The link JJohnston posted is wonderful – the true cadillac of pipe clamp bench vises! there’s another guy that did a similar thing\, but i cant remember the link. I think i have it at work and will post it if i remember.

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 05:10 AM

I love it… simple, yet elegant. Thank you for posting this.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 10:22 PM

I have been thinking about this for so long. I am stoked to see somebody else trying it before I go wading in.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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