Woodriver large front vise- install help

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Forum topic by johndeereb posted 02-20-2018 05:27 AM 3304 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2018 05:27 AM

Does anyone have any photos of how they installed their woo driver large front vise? This vise comes with what is called “guide rod plates”. I believe they are to be mounted flush with the workbench. Would love to see how anyone else has their’s installed though, thanks.

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#1 posted 02-21-2018 09:16 PM

I bought a similar type of vice at Rocklers. If you go to their site, they have diagrams and instructions for mounting. If that isn’t helpful, let me know and I can take a photo of how I mounted mine. It is pretty straight forward.

Link to Rockler vice of similar type:

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#2 posted 10-28-2019 04:07 PM

I’ve been puzzling through how to install this very vise: the guide rod plates… Woodcraft’s online instructions are awful, but an image search turned up the answer courtesy of Grizzly and their identical-appearing vise. Briefly, the guide screw into the back jaw/table’s apron and so help to support the weight of the vise and front jaw. Looks bone-simple in the pic from the Grizzly site, nonetheless I was stumped for day!

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#3 posted 10-28-2019 05:08 PM

They go in a counterbore in your rear chop. I found them useless when I originally installed my vise on my old bench so when I built my new bench, I just drilled holes that were a fairly snug fit with the guide rods and left those pieces off. They are intended to help keep the guides aligned but, the fit between the two is so sloppy it’s not much of a help IMO.

Here is the pdf of the instructions Woodriver supplies if you don’t have them.

Edit: Nevermind. After reading fuigb’s reply and looking at that picture, that makes MUCH more sense than what is show in the Woodriver instructions!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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