Wooden cheek on Jogensen Vise

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Forum topic by Syellin posted 04-21-2015 10:13 PM 1207 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2015 10:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: vise installation workbench vise question

I’m installing a Jogensen vise as a face vise on my workbench. The Jorgensen vise requires you to screw through the fixed vise jaw into the workbench edge to secure the vise. At the same time I want to install a wooden cheek on that fixed jaw to protect my work. Usually I would screw that cheek in from the rear of the vise before attaching to my workbench, so that the screws are not exposed. But with this vise I can’t seem to do this as they require screwing from the front of the jaw into the workbench, which would otherwise be blocked by the wooden cheek. Am I missing something here, or do I need to drill clearance holes through the wooden cheek to allow for the screws into the bench? Will having open clearance holes in the cheek leave marks on my work?

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#1 posted 04-22-2015 08:24 PM

so long as the cheek is flat the holes shouldn’t effect your work. If your worried about appearance just plug them. I don’t know how thick your skirt is but you could also place a couple holes through the skirt and and back of the vice to screw on the the cheek after.

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#2 posted 04-22-2015 08:43 PM

I have 2 of them, and the fixed face has 2 threaded holes (1/4-20, IIRC) that you can use flathead bolts to fasten the wooden jaw to the fixed face (or at least mine do). Counter sink them enough that they won’t mar what’s being clamped, and you might want to drill a relief hole behind each one since your 1/4-20 bolt may be a little long. I also use 2 1/2”-#14 FH screws to hold the fixed face to the bench. I can do some pics if they would be of use.

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#3 posted 04-23-2015 03:35 AM

Thanks To both replies. That makes sense. I picked up some 1/4-20 bolts and will give it a shot. First time building a workbench so I’m figuring it out as I go along.

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