Vice positioning on new workbench
lots of 2×2 or 4×2 glued , bolted and planed flat.
but offcuts of kitchen surface easier to come by.
if you go to your local supplier or even the woodwork corner of BnQ next tto the fire exit where they do the cutting in store they have an offcuts section for cheap cheap.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
as above, I used a collection of old stuff. When my worktop wasn’t as sturdy I had a plank below and a section above for the vice, so I could bolt it down hard and spread the load underneath.Posted 4 years ago
On positioning, imagine you need to use it to remove some hub end caps with a wheel attached and allow room for that.convertSubscriber
If treating the top as sacrificial it should not matter too much. MDF will turn into porridge with enough moisture though. Old kitchen worktop would do or a nice thick bit of (marine or exterior grade) ply would be nice.
My vice is proud of the bench, over a leg, and at a very slight angle so that very long things can be accommodated by sticking out of the door to the man cave. The last might not be relevant to where you have yours. As a lefty I prefer to have the long bit of whatever I’m cutting sticking out of the vice to the right so I can support it with my right hand. You cack handed righties might prefer it the other way around!Posted 4 years agotrail_ratMember
one thing i will say – if thats an aldi vice , remove the rotating base bit or your going to be removing nothing from anything.
just bolt it down to the table without the rotating base , as soon as you put any force into turning something the casting in the base splits.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
If you don’t know where to position your vice I suggest you eBay off your tools. I hope this helps.
a bit harsh, but I can’t see where your going to put the laptop to ask STW mid job 😉Posted 4 years ago
(on a more practical not I did used to run my power from the room so that I could keep the cables off the benchwwaswasSubscriber
I have that bench (but with a drawer under) and put my rotating vice right in a corner over the leg so I can use it with stuff off the end of the bench as well as the front (off the end is great for cutting fork steerers etc).
It gets more support there too.
I did put another foot square lump of wood under the work top and bolted through that to give more support to the vice, tbough,Posted 4 years agospacehopperSubscriber
ive attached mine to the side near a leg like yours is positioned..
Ive used big bolts through the work surface and a reinforced plank with some big washers underneath the vice area..
ive also used big wingnuts on the bolts so its dead easy and quick to remove the vice if i need it out of the way for any reason!Posted 4 years agoyetidaveMember
thinking that I need to take the No 0 record off and put the No3 on after reading all this, may extend the worksurface to accomodate both and increase the stuff out of boxes in the increased area to make look busy…
#edit, mounted on kitchen worktop – infact whole kitchen unit fitted, and braced into garge, next to the fridge freezer, which has both beer and icecream…Posted 4 years agobigyinnMember
I’ve got a cobbled together workbench in the shed made from a kitchen work surface offcut. I have the vice at the side of the bench usually so its out of the way, but did drill some mounting holes in the front of the bench too, so I can move it between the two if needed.Posted 4 years ago
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