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Forum topic by MOJOE posted 02-16-2019 03:36 PM 413 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2019 03:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench

Putting the finishing touches on a new workbench. I’d like to install a screw vise (similar to below) on the face of the bench, but, without it being a leg vise. Anyone happen to have a pic of something similar so I can work through the install in my head?

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#1 posted 02-16-2019 05:25 PM

I assume that you want an end or face vise. I had a hard time finding a picture online of any bench vises actually made with one of those vise screws (and I don’t have one myself). Most of the pictures use a complete vise kit but this homemade one by John Heisz sort of shows one way to do it. Basically, you have will need to emulate what one of those full kits do by having 2 rods that sort of support the ends of the jaw and help keep the outer jaw relatively parallel to the face of the bench that acts as the inner jaw. The outer jaw needs to be thick enough to handle the pressure of clamping off center without flexing. Drill some dog holes in the top of the outer jaw.

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#2 posted 02-16-2019 05:38 PM

Thanks Sir…...

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#3 posted 02-16-2019 06:34 PM

Thread like that may allow a little movement. If it does, the jaw of your vise might tend to rack vertically. Hope that is a proper way to say it. I’ve got one similar and it does have the rods on each side but it still doesn’t want to close at the top like my Record or Craftsman woodworking vise. Lateral or horizontal racking is not a problem with it. I might be wrong in my thinking but I attributed the vertical racking to the thread style

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#4 posted 02-16-2019 07:01 PM

What you are showing is a tail vise screw. Plenty of online video showing their installation. Blaster is correct, that will rack big time if you try to spread it out over the face of a wider vise. For videos, just Google installing a tail vise screw.

Possibly just sematics, but you are talking bench vise, some call it a face vise. Which would look like these Your leg vise is just a bench vise that hinges against the leg. Proponents feel they get much better hold.

The side bars are going to keep you from racking, and allow the vise to close uniformly onto a squared item. For NON squared items you would need to use something pliable around your item. A heavy towel, rubber padding, etc so the vise sees it as a squared item. Or use a Moxon type vise, that allows you to close one end at a time, even with the Moxon, if it is a delicate or previously carved, turned item you may want to still use a towel, or rubber to cushion it.

So many vises, so little time.

I should add that all types of vises are on video being installed. Whatever you decide to go with look around, if you have questions make a new post.

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#5 posted 02-16-2019 07:53 PM

The vise screw that you have shown is perfect for a leg vise and perhaps it could be made to work as a wagon vise. I don’t really see any other possibilities, that is why you cant work through it in your head.

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#6 posted 02-17-2019 03:29 PM

Thanks folks…..spent some time working on a small keepsake box last night (and looking at my bench).......I think I’ve come up with a clever leg vise option that I’ll need to sketch up….sort of a shortened version that hinges off the bench rails.

On a side note, I’ve installed a vise similar to those inserted by Steven…..I’m experiencing the “vertical racking” mentioned above, so I’ll get to work through that as well :)

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