It’s show #481 For August 19th, 2020, and today we are talking about workbench vises and workbench alternatives.
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Rockler is your go-to source for everything you need for vises on your workbench. Rockler sells 7” and 9” quick-release vises that are easy to install. These vises are manufactured from cast iron with jaws that are drilled out for easy attachment of wooden vise pads. These vises also feature adjustable pop-up dogs on the vise faces.
Rockler also sells a Heavy Duty Quick Release Front Vise which features sturdy dual guide rods which eliminate racking, while the quick-release feature lets you slide the vise all the way open or closed with an easy 1/4 turn.
In addition to vises, t-track can be another good clamping solution for workbenches. Rockler’s Universal T-track features a unique “stacked” T-slot that accepts both 5/16″ T-bolts and 1/4″ T-bolts, as well as 1/4″ Hex-bolts. Rockler also sells t-track intersection kits, hold-down clamps, auto lock clamps, stops, and more. And as part of Rockler’s customer favorites sale, select t-track and accessories are 20% off this month.
- Elliot asks why its not a work table instead of a work bench
- Adam’s workbench looks like poo but he’d rather build furniture than a workbench
- Erin like casters on her workbench so she can sand in the fresh air.
What vises have we used on our workbenches over the years and what are we using now? We discuss our evolution from then until now and all the various vises we have used, and replaced. Twin screw vises, front vises, cheapo big box machinist vises, holdfasts, planing stops, surface clamps, quick clamps and now leg vises and end vises for all 3 of us.
We also talk about some of the cool work holding solutions out there now:
- Pattern Maker’s Vises
- Andy Klein’s Twin Turbo Vise
- Vacuum Clamping
- Wood Screw Vises
- HNT Gordon Vises
- Veritas Inset Vise
Sometimes we don’t have the space or time to build a fancy workbench and there are a lot of alternative options to the traditional workbench. We talk about some of the options we have used and some novel ideas when a 500 lb hardwood behemoth isn’t in the cards for you.
- Black & Decker Workmate
- Kreg Workcenter
- Festool MFT
- Armor tool Benches and Shop Stands
- The Paulk Workbench
- Shop Made Torsion Boxes
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