Bench vice

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  • #17397

    Hi guys, I’m after a little advice (if you’ll pardon the pun) I’ve got my bench finished apart from fitting a vice. I’ve been scouring ebay and various other places. I like the idea of a second hand record but most of them don’t appear to have a dog system and I’d like the option of having that system. I also notice that on the rear of the vice in the ‘L’ shaped part they have two buttresses that look like they will hinder installation. Also is anyone using the Eclipse vice I like the look of them and wonder if they are any good before I commit to buy.
    Thanks.

    #17399
    Ken
    Participant

    Pat, I have never used The Eclipse vice, so I cant help with the installation.
    I’m going to put dog holes in the front jaw liner / chop, for my dog system

    #17400
    STEVE MASSIE
    Participant

    I have the Record 52E which has the pop up dog which I am planning on using on my “Paul Sellers” style bench.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #17406
    David Gill
    Participant

    Hi Pat
    I also have the Record Irwin 53 which I did buy new. I will send you photos of the fitting process I used when photo attachment is fixed.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #17407

    Thanks for the replies chaps. I’ve seen how Paul puts a dog system into the vice jaw pads but I think a purpose made one would somehow be better. I’ve just watched Pauls European workbench dvd and I’m pretty sure its an eclipse vice that he installs. I can’t find any reviews on them good or bad so I think I’ll take a punt on one of them, I just hope it’s not an expensive mistake.

    #17408

    Thanks David your post came up just after I added my last. I’d be very interested to see how you installed your vice. Its the longevity of them I’m concerned about I don’t want to waste time and money having to constantly repair and buy parts for it.

    #17412
    David Gill
    Participant

    Hi Pat
    I have had my vice now for a couple of years I was impressed with it when I got it how solid and heavy it was, I know weight is no guarantee of the quality and longevity of any product but in my experience it is not a bad benchmark, I am sure that my vice will still be going long after I am.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #17447
    David Gill
    Participant

    Hi Pat
    I made my bench before Paul did his blog so it is a bit different.
    The first photo shows the back part of the vice attached under the bench top Note I had to sit it on a block to get top of vice level with top of bench. I then drew around the profile on a piece of plywood
    I cut around the plywood to make the template, the next photo shows the apron attached to the top marked out ready for cutting I have cut a recess in the top to allow the vice to sit flush with the apron. The next photo shows the vice attached to the undersize of the top

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

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    #17454
    David Gill
    Participant

    Hi Pat
    The next photo shows the vice profile cut out in the apron
    The last photo shows the vice attached to the bench

    Hope this helps

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

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    #17457
    Ken
    Participant

    Great job David, very helpful buddy. 😉

    #18057

    David thanks for the photos and advice it always makes it a little easier to see what’s going on. I’ve decided to go for the 9″ quick release eclipse vice. I’ve got a really busy couple of weeks so I’ll post some photos of the process and finished product when it’s done. The next thing will be the finish, I can’t make my mind up between varnish, shellac or paint.

    #18060
    Steve Follis
    Participant

    Pat, I bought the Eclipse 10″ quick release vise earlier this year. I am really happy with it.

    Memphis, Tennessee

    #18139

    Thanks Steve I don’t know of anyone else that has used one so if you do and it’s fine then I’m happy to go with that. I’ll add a post when it’s fitted and I’m using it to let you know how it works.

    #18148

    My 9″ eclipse vice arrived today. I ordered it yesterday afternoon and it arrived this morning they must have used the Royal Airforce to deliver it by Harrier. All I need now is a forklift to help me install it, it weighs a ton.

    #18149
    Ken
    Participant

    Enjoy Pat, I had fun fitting mine. 😉

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