Double duty bench vise

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Project by PaBull posted 03-14-2011 04:43 AM 6506 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not enough bench space…..... or not the right vise…....... or small parts that you can not hold correctly in your vise….... or the bench vice is in your way when you want the bench to be clear…......

Here is what I did:

I did not come up with this double duty bench vice myself, but it made a lot of sense to me. And the ideas did not all come from one place, either. Actually I don’t even remember where I got it from. So forgive me if it was your idea.

I started with a metal bench vise on top of my work bench. after a while I acquired a woodworking side mount vise. Off went the metal vise and on with the wooden one. But it did not take very long and being the repair man of the house I really needed a top mount metal vise. I got to thinking and mounted the metal vise on a 2×8 and underneath that a 2×6. In the 2×6 I made some slots to allow for the hardware of the wooden vise. Now I can mount that metal vise in seconds in the wooden vise. AND being 6’-2” tall, those extra couple of inches it now is higher helped.

Than the next step was holding small parts in the metal vise. I used “fin ply” or 1/2” plywood and inserted rare earth magnets in the surface facing the jaws of the metal vice. The magnets would hold those little wooden jaws in place while my hand are occupied by closing the vise AND holding the object.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 04:48 AM

What a good idea!

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 05:31 AM

I don’t have a need for a second vise, but I like the magnet idea. I’ve never seen that done before, and it’s such a no-brainer. I learned something new today. Thanks for sharing this.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 09:23 AM

cool idea

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 11:26 AM

I see that necessity is still the mother of invention. Good idea. Consider it stolen.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Jiri Parkman

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 12:21 PM

Looks god. Thanks for posting.

-- Jiri

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Todd Thomas

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 01:03 PM

great idea…I might have to borrow that one…....thanks for sharing..

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 01:06 PM

What a fine idea. I will proably have to borrow it.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#8 posted 03-14-2011 01:33 PM

Exelent idea my friend, I have to do something in my own shop, since mine sits on the table in a place where I bump into it all the time…
Best thoughts,

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

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#9 posted 03-14-2011 02:07 PM

This is a handy idea, Bas. Saves space in the shop and on the work bench. In fact I have the same set up with my Wilton vise. Great minds think a like :) I don’t have the wooden jaws made for mine. Normally get it out when I have metal work to do. Thanks for the post.

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#10 posted 03-14-2011 03:26 PM

Cool idea! I have something similar, only instead of mounting the metal vise in the wood vise, I just clamp the base to the bench. I hang the whole thing from a French cleat on the wall when I want the bench clear.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#11 posted 03-14-2011 04:39 PM

Russ, that’s almost even cooler, because I have the dumb thing now laying on the ground and I stumble over it. Thanks.
And go ahead you guys, steal away, borrow all you want, that’s what I did.
Thanks for all those kind words, my dear friends.


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 03-14-2011 04:50 PM

Pabull and rmac…thanks for two great ideas on the same post : )
I’m currently using the clamp as needed method , but have recently purchased a wood vise and this will work just great !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 03-14-2011 05:12 PM

I did the same thing with a drill press vise. My friend pointed out that all I really did was succeed in moving the jaws 90 degrees and didn’t really gain any functionality. I told him to get out of my shop & get back to his stupid mechanical engineering :) I think it’s a great idea & a great way to grip metallic objects without marring your wooden jaws. Excellent job.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 03-14-2011 09:48 PM

I have used the second metode just clamping it to the bench but have seen your solution
with another device and of course I can´t remember where
I have loose jaws to mine wices but the one in wood is new to me :-)

thank you for posting this and consider those idea´s for recycled … lol

take care

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#15 posted 03-14-2011 11:03 PM

Dusty, you are so very welcome, that’s what LJ is all about, right?
Bertha, thanks, and keep those “know-it-all-friends” out of your shop.
Dennis, you just stick to the second method.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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