Vises -- of various types

  • 16 Jan 2018 11:32 AM
    Message # 5685526

    There sure are alot of different types of vises, and workbenches too.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type?  There are face, tail, moxon, scandanavian, wagon, inset..... on and on and on.  There is also one fella on-line that has a video of no vises at all.  What say you all on this topic?

  • 18 Jan 2018 6:05 PM
    Reply # 5690365 on 5685526

    No vises at all is a horrible idea IMHO. You must be able to hold your work the most convenient way possible. If not, then things tend to get dangerous. I use a shoulder vise and a leg vise. Both work okay but I think I can get better. I am moving towards a set up exactly like rob’s. The Scandinavian shoulder vise is the way to go for holding your work to manipulate joinery. With a leg vise, the center screw is in the way a lot. I end up with either the left or right side in the vise with the other half hanging loose. The Scandinavian shoulder vise has none of those issues. Your limit is the height of the bench. No center screw to get in the way. Also, the chock isn’t rigid. So it will help hold some off shaped pieces. My shoulder vise sags. It even says to the point that it has pulled my bench out of flat. I can no longer trust that my bench is flat. This is a huge no no. So I will put a wagon style vise like robs in my next bench. These are my opinions coming from my experiences.

  • 24 Jan 2018 9:31 PM
    Reply # 5700841 on 5685526

    I agree with Richard that the front vise with a single screw is very often in the way of a large piece or canted with a small piece held at one end.  Yes, I can work around this with a spacer but it doesn’t appear as convenient and functional as the shoulder vise appears to be on Rob’s bench.  I currently rely on the tail vise on my bench and a moxon vise with a 24” wide wood holding capacity between the screws on an auxiliary bench at higher height.  I seldom use the current face vise with the single screw and plan to replace it with a shoulder vise in the future.  I suppose the Lee Valley or Lee Neilson 24” twin screw vise would work well too since they are wide enough to accommodate most work.   Don’t forget about the trap door Rob has in the floor to extend pieces down through the floor.  I look forward to having that in the future in a second floor shop.  Thanks.  George

  • 24 Feb 2018 12:54 AM
    Reply # 5875063 on 5685526

    My vice is cigarettes and ladies...oh wait wrong vises

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