Bench Vise appliance mount

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Project by RaggedKerf posted 10-19-2012 10:20 PM 5933 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the latest bench appliance I have created. A mounting platform for my bench vise so I can use it when I need it and stow it when I don’t.

Pretty self-explanatory…I drilled 3 holes in a piece of scrap 1/2” plywood I had left over from when I worked on my old toy chest. But, the bolts stuck out about 2 inches too long and wouldn’t let me mount it on top of the bench without messing up the surface.

So, I took a piece of scrap aspen scrap the same size, drilled holes big enough for the snub bolts and nuts (I trimmed the bolts to less than 1/2” first) to fit inside the second layer. Unfortunately the last scrap piece of aspen I had wasn’t quite long enough to cover the first layer, so I turned it sideways and there was just enough!

Drilled pilot holes, glued and screwed and voila, my bench vise is ready for action and can be stowed underneath on the new utility shelf when not needed!

You can see there’s a bit of an overhang on the upper layer of plywood. I’ll go back and trim that off the next chance I get. I don’t have a particular reason, just… aesthetics I guess.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 10-20-2012 12:52 AM

great job and a unique idea.thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 05:13 AM

So do you just use clamps to hold it on your bench?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 05:39 PM

Yes…depending on where I clamp it I can use 1, 2, or 3 clamps if I need to. So far it’s worked great!

-- Steve

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