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Forum topic by CapnRon posted 06-03-2007 05:42 PM 1530 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2007 05:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench questions

I’m building my first workbench. I’ve already planned on having a quick release front vise with 9” depth. My question is that I’ve seen many designs with an end vise. My bench is 28×78 and will be located in the middle of the shop with 360 degrees of workability. Is this a nice addition, secondly with the width of the bench using one screw is not enough and two can cause racking (or spend 250 on the veritas unisine end vise). I’ve got a deadman slide build in on one side and a section of drawers on the other, so I have that open end, any ideas?

-- ~Capn Ron, workin wood is a way of life...

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#1 posted 06-03-2007 07:06 PM

The end vise is a nice addition, and if your plan calls for the vise the full width of the bench, two screws will be needed, The Veritas is a very well made vise and I highly recommend, but there are others for less $$$.

A good resource for bench info can be found at , take a peek at the benches link. The site has some good information on benches categorized by the type of work a bench is suited to.

Good luck, and hope to see some pics when you’re done.

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 06-04-2007 03:57 AM

As a user of the veritas end vise, it’s pricey, but it works exactly like you would expect. Just in case you were considering it.

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#3 posted 06-04-2007 04:07 AM

I’ll be interested to see your bench when you are done. My project this weekend was dismantling my first bench and modifying it to collapse flush against the wall via hinges. It sounds like you already have got some good ideas about outfitting the bench. I was reluctant to take mine apart, but as I did it I thought of all the things I wish I knew or had done the first time. Now I can. One feature I’m keeping is a brace on one of the ends. My camera is out of reach so I hope my words will do it justice. I had to hollow out and area on the underside of then bench so that the bolts from the 2 knobs fit. The brace itself is just a piece of 3/4” hardwood with two vertical slots routed into it. When I need the brace, I just loosen the knobs and slide it up. When I don’t I slide it down. I actually use it as a clamping surface more than a brace.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#4 posted 06-04-2007 04:47 AM

Lee Valley tools has a lot of the metal parts for a variety of bench vises. Might want to check out their catalog. As spidey noted, they go under the Veritas name, which is Lee Valley’s manufacturing arm.

-- surplusdealdude

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