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Tools Happen #2: Zyliss Vise for Woodworking: Solution for Multi-Purpose Mobile Workbench

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Blog entry by woodshopnerdery posted 08-27-2021 09:03 PM 1535 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This versatile vise may just be the Goldilocks solution I have been looking for. Large heave wood and metal vise, which are permanently attached to the bench, do not serve my small garage woodworking shop well. I have a single bench that serves as an infeed/outfeed table, layout table, assembly table, painting and staining station, sanding station, and much more.

I need a flexible vise which can be taken on and off so the bench can serve the immediate purpose.


-- Tom, Chicago Suburbs, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdpv7V4-rLhWrKAFMCHgsOg



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Jerroni

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#1 posted 08-27-2021 09:39 PM

Thanks for the video. I’ve thought about getting a Zyliss Vise (sometimes, I’d see them posted on craigslist), but I ventured instead for a Howard’s Total Vise. https://www.totalvise.com/. These are US made and made of steel or cast iron. Quite versatile and you can make vacuum plate that works with their Total Positioner. I’ll try to do a review on it soon.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 08-28-2021 12:32 AM

I have been using a ”Zyliss” (quoted as most are now cheap Chinese clones… most have even dropped the ZYliss tag)...

I reckon it is one of my better clamping systems in the workshop and I have quite a few varieties. I’ve never exploited their extra attachments and the only real extras I use are the jaws… especially the ”aligator” jaws to hold round shapes… I actually have one (I have 3 of them) dedicated to hold an upside down ROS for those controlled sandings of small pieces.

If people could work around those bloody annoying ads, there are many workshop items that are a better waste of money than these clamps.

However, I will add, I’ve bought 5 all up (given 2 away) and it’s incredible when I track the manufacturing quality from my 1st. to the last… Fortunately it’s only cosmetic and the functionality still remains very similar.

Personally, this should be moved (or repeated) in the Review forum… Sometimes those annoying 3:00am ”Where do you get it?” TV ads actually work.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 08-28-2021 01:51 AM

I’ve been considering buying one of these for years. They’re only about $125 on line, and work great for holding wood when one is carving. I built a new chest that would go below another chest when transporting my carving tools, and I’m going to look into whether or not that vise would fit in the bottom drawer, even though I built it for other contents.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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woodshopnerdery

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#4 posted 08-28-2021 04:06 PM



Thanks for the video. I’ve thought about getting a Zyliss Vise (sometimes, I’d see them posted on craigslist), but I ventured instead for a Howard’s Total Vise. https://www.totalvise.com/. These are US made and made of steel or cast iron. Quite versatile and you can make vacuum plate that works with their Total Positioner. I’ll try to do a review on it soon.

- Jerroni

Thanks for the info. I had not heard of Total Vise, I’ll have to read up on them.

-- Tom, Chicago Suburbs, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdpv7V4-rLhWrKAFMCHgsOg

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woodshopnerdery

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#5 posted 08-28-2021 04:10 PM


. . . about $125 on line . . .

By applying some patient Ebay bidding, I did get mine for a bit less. But, you are correct readily available at the price you mention. I didn’t know if the vise was going to work for me, but knowing what I know now, I do believe $125 is a good deal for the Profi-King kit!

-- Tom, Chicago Suburbs, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdpv7V4-rLhWrKAFMCHgsOg

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woodshopnerdery

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#6 posted 08-28-2021 04:12 PM


However, I will add, I ve bought 5 all up (given 2 away) and it s incredible when I track the manufacturing quality from my 1st. to the last… Fortunately it s only cosmetic and the functionality still remains very similar. – LittleBlackDuck

Great information! Good to know the functional quality, what I really care about, is consistent. I may end up with more than one myself eventually.

-- Tom, Chicago Suburbs, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdpv7V4-rLhWrKAFMCHgsOg

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 08-28-2021 11:09 PM

Thanks for the video. I’ve thought about getting a Zyliss Vise (sometimes, I’d see them posted on craigslist), but I ventured instead for a Howard’s Total Vise. https://www.totalvise.com/. These are US made and made of steel or cast iron. Quite versatile and you can make vacuum plate that works with their Total Positioner. I’ll try to do a review on it soon.

- Jerroni

Thanks for the info. I had not heard of Total Vise, I ll have to read up on them.

- woodshopnerdery


Ditto Jerroni, I haven’t heard of them… not that its surprising as I inhabit Australia. Nevertheless a review would be great to inform the remaining mushrooms (kept in the dark) here at LJ.

While it seems more dedicated/”finicky” that other vises I’ve seen, it seems like a great addition to woodworkers’ gripping arsenal.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 08-28-2021 11:20 PM


I ve been considering buying one of these for years. They re only about $125 on line, and work great for holding wood when one is carving. I built a new chest that would go below another chest when transporting my carving tools, and I m going to look into whether or not that vise would fit in the bottom drawer, even though I built it for other contents.

- Dark Lightning


Off your bummm (not inferring it’s big) lightning... they are more versatile than you think, especially when it comes to portability… They will fit almost anywhere… a saw horse is an ideal candidate… however, be warned they do have a downside… best use is when mounted on the end of the “bench” so the crank handle hangs over the side for ease of use… placed in the middle is a PITA, much like piles of backlog.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dark_Lightning

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#9 posted 08-28-2021 11:44 PM

Ducky, my “experience” with this vise comes from seeing one in action, used by an old German guy in my carving class. It’s why I was cruising eBay in the first place, looking for one. I’m a skinflint, and only spend money when there is no other choice. I’ve made a bunch of different bench hooks to restrain my carving projects. Those can be made out of scraps left over from projects…and if you want backlog, I’ve piles of my own, TYVM. 8^(

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 08-29-2021 12:50 AM



I’m a skinflint, and only spend money when there is no other choice….
I ve made a bunch of different bench hooks to restrain my carving projects. Those can be made out of scraps left over from projects…
- Dark Lightning

If nothing more, C19 has emphasised the benefit of retail therapy...

I think I paid around $240 (Aust) for my first clamp (still Zyliss branded), however, I’ve just spent 30 hours going through my bank statements trying to figure out what I would have saved/done if I didn’t buy it.

One day, all you skinflints will find an empty scrap bin, and you’ll shit yourself when you will actually have to buy ”non-scraps” for projects. You gonna abandon woodworking?

Love your kids, but don’t spoil them with a large inheritance.

Woodworkers must put a $ value on their “workaround” time… cost that and you’ll freak out at how big a spendthrift you really are.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dark_Lightning

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#11 posted 08-29-2021 11:45 PM

I’m a skinflint due to an impoverished childhood, but I’ll pay money for decent goods. I have 4/4 mahogany and 4/4 sapele planks that I got on the “cheap” awhile back at WoodCraft, of all places. No picking in the scrap bin, really. I bought a 1/2” thick plank of red oak a couple of weeks ago to house my ever-growing collection of palm carving tools. I have one drawer to finish, then I’ll publish the final product. I went to eBay and spotted a Zyliss Profi-King and bought it, yesterday. I’ll have it in a few days. My wife thinks that the sons will get to inherit all the money. She is wrong, but we have to be careful to have enough to last. I’m expecting to live another 15 years or so, and don’t want the money to run out. I retired at age 62 in 2014, and my entire 401(k) and company retirement egg was invested at that time. Next year we’ll start with the mandatory payouts. She’s going to cry the blues about that, too!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 08-30-2021 01:02 AM



I m a skinflint due to an impoverished childhood…
- Dark Lightning

I also had an frugal childhood being unfortunate to select the wrong poor, migrant parents after the 1956 Hungarian revolution… Swore I’ll never begrudge spending, if I can “afford” it.

That’s why I say to the family and friends about not wanting presents… If I want it, I’ll already have it and if I don’t have it, I don’t want it. That’s why I treasure some of the reviews here at LJ, as I find things I could probably need/want but don’t have.

Though my favourite quote in shops when asked if they can help me…”No thanks, just looking for something I don’t need but can afford.”

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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woodshopnerdery

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#13 posted 08-30-2021 01:06 AM


I went to eBay and spotted a Zyliss Profi-King and bought it, yesterday. I ll have it in a few days.
- Dark_Lightning

NICE! I hope you like it as much as I like mine. Applied some shellac to some dowel rods today and used the “turning centers” for the first time to hold the pieces.

-- Tom, Chicago Suburbs, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdpv7V4-rLhWrKAFMCHgsOg

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Dark_Lightning

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#14 posted 08-30-2021 01:26 AM


I went to eBay and spotted a Zyliss Profi-King and bought it, yesterday. I ll have it in a few days.
- Dark_Lightning

NICE! I hope you like it as much as I like mine. Applied some shellac to some dowel rods today and used the “turning centers” for the first time to hold the pieces.

- woodshopnerdery

Thanks! Like I said, I’ve seen them in action at my carving class, but have just been delinquent in dropping the cash.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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MyGrowthRings

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#15 posted 09-09-2021 08:31 PM

I’ve had one in the box for quite some time but haven’t even had the chance to play with it. I purchased it second hand and now am curious about where it was made and if it meets my expectations! I too was mesmerized by countless demos at woodworking shows over the years.

-- http://www.MyGrowthRings.com and http://www.Youtube.com/MyGrowthRings

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