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Posted on Workbenches - Tail Vise - Why is the End Jaw sticking out?

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#1 posted 05-27-2009 03:00 AM

haha, I’m glad so many find this an interesting question. I thought about it for a long time. but never saw an explanation yet.

Francisco – the pics you posted are what I’m following – it’s the Frank Klauzs bench from “The Workbench” book. I thought like you did -that it’s to accomodate the factory screw- but if thats the case, the bench could be made longer- or the vise assembly could be embeded deeper in the bench which would make the jaw close flush with the bench? so I’m not sure if that’s the reason.

Dave – as you mentioned, there are tail vises that do not have the ‘end jaw’ but are just a square block that completes the bench surface.

I am interested in the idea of having both the tail vise to use with bench dogs, and ALSO an end vise that can hold parts like a front vise can. kinda getting the best of both worlds.

Francisco- from that same book, there is an page that refers to the Nyquist design – in that page they talk about how most traditional vises have that gap – but his design eliminates it and actually make use of both jaws of the vise – that’s what triggered my interest. but even there- there is no mention of WHY the other vises have that gap…

cabinetmaster- it might seem like they have the same gap, but the inner jaw closes flush, while the outer jaw does have an open gap. google ‘Frank Klausz Bench” or “Traditional Bench” and you’ll see what I mean.

so – we have more interest , but still no answer…

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