After building a new outfeed assembly table, I needed to transfer the vise from the old table to the new one. The tables are made different, so I had to mount the vise different as well. See how…
Recently, I designed a new outfeed assembly table and wanted to bring some of the features from the old table over to the new table. One of those features was the vise. It’s a 6″ woodworking vice I picked up from Amazon
. I’ll list the tools and vise I used in this project down below with clickabkle links, but first let me explain what I did to get the vise installed on the new table. The original table was made up of 2×4 aprons with 4×4 legs, so the vise just screwed to the apron without any problem, which meant the two rods and threaded rod traveled under the apron for the vise to close all the way. As far as the wooden jaws are concerned, I just cut them even with the top of the table. After building the new table and preparing to install the vise I ran into a bit of a hiccup. When I placed the vise against the apron and closed it, the rods made contact with a shelving unit under the table top before it closed all the way. This meant I had to raise it up a bit and drill holes in the side of the apron for the two rods and threaded rod to travel through. Once I did this I ran into another small problem. The vise is meant to mount flush (on the surface)
to the apron with a couple of “wings” flush with the under side of the apron, so the wings were now preventing the vise from sitting flush against the apron (see image below). The only thing I saw to do was to turn the back plate around and use it backwards (see images below). This allowed me to mount the vise flush against the apron with the wood jaws “sitting” on the wings I mentioned earlier. It works just fine this way and the vice actually looks just like it did when it was mounted on the old table with the exception of the jaws being a little shorter. I also drilled 3/4″ dog holes in the new table every 6″ for the length of the table, but I drilled every 3″ for the first foot or so. The jaws need to be at least 7/8″ to 1″ thick to accept a 3/4″ inch dog hole in the moving jaw. The images below show mounting the vice backwards for a surface mount.
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