Woodcraft tail vise:
(I think this is actually a follow-on replacement for the one I own)
and Rockler front vise:
I use the tail vise way more than the front vise; I wish it had a quick-release
front vise does.
"Our beer goes through thousands of quality Czechs every day."
(From a Shiner Bock billboard I saw in Austin some years ago)
I posted a gloat a few weeks ago. I just mounted a 10" Jorgensen
quick release on my bench. Older vice in excellent condition
purchased at an estate sale for about $35. Cleaned up, installed new
hardwood jaw pads, good as new.
I also use a homemade end clamp made from hardwood and a couple of
large, Irwin pipe clamps. Cheap but effective.
My "main" vise is a WoodRiver pattern maker's vise from Woodcraft, but I
also have a couple of clamp-on vises and a small collection of
purpose-built vises (there's a link to a photo of one elsewhere in this
The pattern maker's vise seemed like an extravagance when I bought it,
but I've used all of its capabilities and confess to having become
completely spoiled by the flexibility.
Woodcraft has a photo at
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