Well I've pretty well finished the carcas of my new workbench and will be
starting the bench top right away. I had planned on a regular fron vise and
a tail vise but I'm now thinking about trading in the tail vise for the
Veritas twin screw vise that was suggested in this months Tools and Shop.
Anybody have any thoghts on the perfect vise combination for my soon to be
I think you're going to find far more responces from "Twin Screw" owners because
its a great solution while the tail vise is usually more complex.
I chose a traditional tail vise for the challenge and the retro look, plus I
think Tage Frid is pretty cool. :) It was a confidence builder and I was
really glad when it was done!!! There are more elaborate tail vise screw kits
than the one I used which include slide mechanisms they make the construction of
a tail vise much easier and are capable of greater clamping pressure.
I'd say the tail vise is great for narrow bench tops and the twin screw makes
more sense for the wider top. Good Luck on your decision.
: I'd say the tail vise is great for narrow bench tops and the twin screw makes
: more sense for the wider top. Good Luck on your decision.
That is an extremely good observation. Never thought of that.
It really is application driven. If your type of work is large
carcases or big frames, then the twin screw tail vise is probably the
But if you are into chairs and end tables ..i.e. small stuff then the
width of the twin screw is kind of a waste.
My woodworking projects:
Replicas of 15th-19th century nautical navigational instruments:
Restoration of my 82 year old Herreshoff S-Boat sailboat:
Steambending FAQ with photos:
"Improvise, adapt, overcome."
Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Phone: (617) 496-1558
There is also the possibility to use a quick action tail vise: Build a
large version of a wooden cam clamp (like those in
http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.asp?pageD974&category=1,43838,47843&abspage=1&ccurrency=1&SIDMake the jaw part lage enough to accept a dog hole, mount at the
narrow end of the bench and you are ready to go: I built such a cam
vise from baltic birch plywood in about one hour, using a square steel
tube as bar and am very satisfied with the result, epecially at
practically zero cost.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.