I have a very nice woodworking workbench. My bench is adjustable height, has a built in mobile base, bench dogs, a twin screw vise on one end and a quick acting face vise on the other end. It is a fantastic bench for woodworking, which is most of what I do in my shop. I do like metal working, but I focus on woodworking. Occasionally, I need to use a metal vise and I discovered a great, and very easy, solution.
I have two metal vises. I keep the better one in the garage and I have a smaller one that I keep downstairs in my woodshop.
This is a really quick and easy tip. I just bolt a tee shaped block on to the bottom of the metal vise. On those occasions when I need a metal vise I drop it into one of the vises on my woodworking workbench, tighten it down and I am ready to go!
The block is made up of a small wooden “plate” with holes that correspond to the mounting holes in the vise. I glued another block on to the plate that can be clamped into the vise on my bench.
Notice that I use carriage bolts to connect the plate to the bottom of the vise. I often use carriage bolts on wood because once I pound them into the wood they will lock in place. This means that I don’t need two wrenches to tighten the bolt. The heads on the carriage bolts also give a much more finished appearance than regular hex heads.
I normally store the metal vise someplace out of the way. When I need to use it I just pull it out, drop it into my face vise, tighten it down, and I am ready for metalworking!
This is how the vise “might” look when I am actually using it!
I have to thank my friend Al Frank for giving me the idea for this. I don’t know if it was his original idea or if he “borrowed” it from someone else, but I really like it. I hope you like it, too!
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