Woodenjaw Bench Vises

FACE VISES have steel guide rods and a movable, rectangular jaw that closes flush with the benchtop.

Front face vise mounts to front of bench.

How Mount Bench Vises

End face vise spans entire width o< bench.

Benchdog Vise

Shoulder vise bench dog

Front face vise mounts to front of bench.

Pros:

• Easy to construct since bench forms rear jaw.

• Guide rods reduce racking.

Cons:

• Guide rods fmit depth of jaws.

• Can't grip long boards vertically.

• Jaws car rack out of para/lei If stock is gripped off<enter.

End face vise spans entire width o< bench.

Pros:

• Easy to construct since bench forms rear jaw.

• Wide jaws can hoid large stock easily.

• Can combine with bench dogs to grip wide panel, carcase, or frame.

• Can combine with bench dogs to puH apart assembSes by turning screw backward.

Cons:

• Guide rods fmit depth of jaws.

• Wide jaws rack severely if stock is gripped off -center.

SHOULDER VISES are common on European workbenches. Built on right-angle extension of bench.

No obstructions in opening.

Pros:

• No guide rods a screws between Jaws to hinder clamping.

• Can clamp long board vertically.

• Can clamp long board horizontally when used with adjustable peg.

• Pivoting jaw can grip tapered stock.

Cons:

• Awkward to worK around extended corner of bench.

• Can't grip stock for cross-cutting.

• Can't grip board flat on bench (no bench dogs).

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TAIL VISES are common on old cabinetmaker's benches. •

Adjustable peg for bracing long boards.

Pros:

• Can clamp long board vertically.

• With bench dogs, can clamp stock flat for planing and scraping.

• Can grip odd-shaped stock or assembSes.

Cons:

• Complicated to buHd.

• Can't grip stock for cross-cutting.

Old Flat Vise
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  • ronja
    How to mount bench vises?
    7 years ago

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