I have posted pictures in ABPW but I hope my verbal description is
enough for thos who can't access it.
I have a 10 wide, quick acting woodworking vise that I got from my
dad. I currently have it mounted on my workbench, but I am planning a
bench upgrade (better, flatter top) and I want to remount the vise to
give me the maximum benefit of its features.
As you can see in the pictures, I have attached maple the jaw faces.
If you will note, the moving jaw has a lip on the top that extends
full width and stands proud of the top by about 5/16. The thickness
of the lip is about half the jaw thickness.
Currently, I have the vise mounted so the lip extends above the plane
of my workbench top. I have also drilled a set of dog holes opposite
the vise with the thinking that I can use the vise in combination with
dogs to clamp larger pieces to the bench top. This works OK although
the 5/16 lip doesnt have all that much of a grab face. The down
side of this set-up is that if Im moving pieces around on my bench
and they stick out over the sides, they invariably hit the vise lip
and I mar the piece.
I would like, therefore, to solicit from the collected wisdom of this
group with the following questions:
1. Have you ever seen a vise like this before? How was it mounted
relative to the workbench top?
2. Would you recommend I mount this vise to continue to use the lip
with the dogs or do you feel I should mount it lower to get the lip
out of the way?
3. If I mount the vise lower, should I retain the current maple jaw
liners or should I make a set that would extend up to the bench top,
perhaps routing away part of the wood so it tucks up against the lip?
4. Are there any other mounting/use options I have overlooked?
As I said, I got this vise from my dad. I imagine I could probably
find a better one, but I want to keep this vise (and al the tools I
inherited) as working tools that are part of what I create in my shop.
Thanks for your input,