Wagon Vise-Has Anyone Tried This

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Forum topic by Joel Spencer posted 04-16-2020 10:04 PM 508 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Joel Spencer

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04-16-2020 10:04 PM

I am contemplating putting a wagon vise on my bench and have viewed several of the postings here. The builds on here seemed make the task more complicated than the task at hand. My idea is to more or less use a bench vise in reverse with the back face being the movable part and the face next to the handle being fixed. Mind you I have never made one myself. I have an old, unused Wilton bench vise and it strikes me that this could be used to make a wagon vise. Feel free to tell me why this won’t work of if you have tried something like this and it just did not turn out well. Here goes…...

My thought is to bolt the face plate of the vise to a 2×6 piece of maple at the end of my bench. This the end piece would require holes for the screw and guide bars. To mount this the nut and end bar spacer would have to be removed from the vice. Using a grinder I would reduce the size of the back face. “L” brackets or some other mechanism attached to the underside of the bench top would be used to support the back end of the vise. Now, when the vise handle is turned, the back face of the vice would move instead of the front face. A block of wood (or other material) with a dog hole could be then bolted to the chunk of metal that makes up the back face and nut construct.

Of course there would have to be a cutout in the bench to have the block of wood/dog hole described above to allow access the dog hole.

Am I crazy? Is this a bad idea? Your thoughts/input are appreciated.

I’ve included some picture to illustrate what I am thinking. In the pictures the area of the vise with blue tape would be cut off with a grinder.

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#1 posted 04-26-2020 06:23 PM

Never done anything like this, but now my curiosity with this project is piqued. Before going too far, have you attempted to remove the handle and remount it on the other end? Or, have you tried removing the handle and screw entirely and reinserting them in the reverse position? I would think being able to do so would be the key to this endeavor.
I’ll be interested to read how this project goes, now that I’m curious. While personally not a big fan of “wagon” vises, your idea is very intriguing.

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