In this project I install a bench vise to the side of my assembly table and drill some dog holes in the table top.

 


I recently installed an Irwin bench vise to my assembly table. This is something I should’ve done a long time ago. It’s already proven to be useful at my table. Having a helping hand around is always useful. The first thing I do is cut some boards down to size to fit the vise to ensure that they are flush with the table top. We will call these boards, jaw liners. The width of the jaw liners ended up measuring ten inches across. Ten inches would give me enough clamping surface to handle my needs at the table. Next, I drilled some through holes for the screws that would hold the vise to the table, then I used a forstner bit to drill a hole half way through the liners to recess the screw head to avoid any chance of marring the work piece. I attached the table side part of the vise with screws and then reassembled the vise. Next I drilled dog holes along the top of my table top and one hole in the top of the outer most liner. That concludes the installation of the vise and dog holes. Watch the video for a couple of demonstrations and a short little stop motion clip that I put together.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Nice job! A good vise always comes in handy and a good shop set up should have two or more vises. I’m surprised by the low price on the Irwin vise since most of the bench vises that I’ve seen were around one bill which seemed a bit much since one can be made for far less, but then most woodworkers don’t have machine tools or do any metalwork.
    Pwace!

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