Front vise without Apron

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Forum topic by Smirak posted 12-13-2017 03:45 PM 630 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2017 03:45 PM


I tried searching, but was unable to get a definitive answer…

I am going to be building a small workbench over the Christmas break. Basic bench with 3” thick top. The bench isn’t envisioned to have an apron, so I’m curious about attaching a front vise. The bench I am basing this off of has the Sjobergs vise on it…this one... which is a different attachment option vs the “traditional” screw/two(three) rod version, and a tad more that I wanted to spend. That version asks you to drill through the apron for the rods and then screw the base onto the bottom of the bench. The apron acts as the rear jaw/chop, and you add a front jaw/chop. I’m perfectly fine with “asking” the sides (3” thick) of the bench acting as my rear jaw. So, can I screw the traditional version of a front vise to the bottom? Or, should I look at adding some form of apron to the front where I want the vise? I think the answer is yes, but just wanted confirmation.


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#1 posted 12-13-2017 03:47 PM

It’s your bench build it to fit your needs not somebodies book needs.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 12-13-2017 04:02 PM

Thanks for the reply. I am building it to suit my needs, but was just curious if my method of attaching said vise was sufficient?

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#3 posted 12-14-2017 12:02 AM

Looking at the vise, I don’t see any “need” for a front apron for it to function. I would be careful to set the base plate (the part that screws into the bottom of the bench at least a 1/2” in from the edge of your bench. You wouldn’t want the metal base marring the work being held.

-- Tyler - Central TX

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