New bench, where to mount vise

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New bench, where to mount vise

Postby Brian Evans » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:32 am

A buddy just gave me a european style cabinet makers workbench, the kind that is 5 feet long, 2 1/2 feet wide, a tool crib all along one side, an end vise and a side vise, and all sorts of holes for bench dogs. I will no doubt mount my Stewmac style guitar soft-jaw vise on it, but I wondered where people find it most usefully mounted. I am torn between one end and more in the middle, I see downsides to both (mostly getting in the way of the two bench vises). I guess I could always drill two holes...

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Re: New bench, where to mount vise

Postby Bob Gramann » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:51 am

Attach it to a block that you can clamp into the end or side vise when needed.
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Re: New bench, where to mount vise

Postby Steve Sawyer » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:07 pm

Bob Gramann wrote:Attach it to a block that you can clamp into the end or side vise when needed.


Yup. Put a long carriage-bolt through the bottom of that block, drop it down through one of those dog-holes, and secure with a fender washer and wing-nut.

Move it wherever you want it or remove it entirely as needed.
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Re: New bench, where to mount vise

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:21 pm

I drilled two holes; one in the center and one on one end.
I utilize the hole on the end for the fret press also.
I need your help. I can't possibly make all the mistakes myself!
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Re: New bench, where to mount vise

Postby Brian Evans » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:44 am

I ended up drilling a hole 1/4 of the way down from the end with the side vise, it's really working out very well so far. I am carving the body bevels into a J-Bass body.
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