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whiteshoecovers

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12-23-2020 12:38 AM

I’m gearing up to build my first workbench. Thinking of a Nicholson front but with a tail vise. Anyway, this came up in my local Craigslist- I’d use it as a tail vise. Is it worth a look? If they work, what’s a good price?

Thanks

https://denver.craigslist.org/tls/d/denver-woodworking-vises/7228247595.html


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#1 posted 12-23-2020 11:42 AM

Have you got your terminology right? I think maybe you’re talking about an end vice. A tail vice is a totally different animal and the bench has to be designed around it.

The vice in the picture is typically used as a face vice used on the front of a bench.

Here is a tail vice on my bench.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 12-23-2020 11:45 AM

Have you got your terminology right? I think maybe you’re talking about an end vice. A tail vice is a totally different animal and the bench has to be designed around it.

The vice in the picture is typically used as a face vice used on the front of a bench.

But for 40 bucks I think I’d snatch it up looks like good old American iron.

Here is a tail vice on my bench.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#3 posted 12-23-2020 12:59 PM

Yes, names are not always exact. The vice in craigslst is not the greatest deal, but cheaper than anything new, even cheap new.
https://www.amazon.com/Pony-27091-9-Inch-7-Inch-Woodworkers/dp/B005HPU3DM/
And there don’t seem to be too man of that style on eBay
If it wasn’t outside, in the snow, then I would probably jump. Can you go look at it without obligation?

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#4 posted 12-23-2020 04:40 PM

Different people use different terms depending on what they’re used to hearing. GENERALLY speaking, though, the term “End Vise” refers to the “L” shaped version pictured above, as it is built into the (usually) right hand end of the workbench. (Sometimes on the left-hand side, for left-handed workers) One does have to plan and build their workbench around an end vise. Another version of this is an enclosed contraption, which has come to be known as a “wagon vise” in recent years for some reason. This requires even more planning and building into the bench itself.
A “tail vise” is installed on the end (i.e. “the SHORT” side) of a workbench. These can be either mounted toward the right front of the workbench, or even across the entire end of the workbench, depending on the need or desires of the worker. An end vise can be either installed when the bench is built, or retro-fitted as the need/desire/budget arises. You can think of a tail vise as a face vise, mounted on the “tail” of a workbench. Some folks start with a face vise or leg vise on the front, then add a tail vise later.
One last note. Although your question is about vises, since you are BUILDING a workbench, there is one piece of advise in doing so: Build it AT LEAST 36” high, or even more, depending on your height. Your back will thank you for it!

-- Barry, in Maryland

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