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Anonymous27 November 2012 at 1:15 pm #3897
If I also fit a 9″ vise to the end of my workbench approx. how much overhang will I need for the top.
Cheers 😉Anonymous27 November 2012 at 4:54 pm #3899
I’d retain the existing balance of overlap either end from the legs, but which style of bench are you making? This can have bearing on how the vise is fitted. 😉Anonymous27 November 2012 at 5:19 pm #3900
It will be very much like this one, as much as I like Paul’s bench I cant get on with the aprons. My buddy has one and the only thing I don’t like about it are the aprons.
I was thinking of asking a similar question when I saw this topic.
I’m building a workbench like the one Paul built in his garden. Paul suggests dropping the top rail to accommodate an end vise. I haven’t yet decided if I will fit an end vise, so to keep my options open, are there any problems with moving the legs closer together instead of dropping the top rail? I was thinking of putting the legs 18″ from the end. That still leaves the legs 48″ apart. The weight of the bench (230 lbs) means that two people could still sit on the end without it toppling over.
And what about moving the vise to the outside of the leg? That would keep the space between the legs clear for drawers or a cupboard, but are there any drawbacks?
ThanksAnonymous27 November 2012 at 5:55 pm #3903
Yeah I was thinking about having the main vise on the outside of the leg. I have seen them fitted that way on other benches, but I don’t know what problems that would bring about, if any
Ken 😉Anonymous27 November 2012 at 9:59 pm #3905
Totally understood my friend 🙂 If you roughly sketch something and send it on to me I can sketchup a drawing with layout worked out for you. 🙂 I assume by 9″ it’ll be something along the lines of a Record 52 vise and – if fitting outside the leg I’d tend to increase overhang to somewhere in the region of 14″, as (According to Record literature) a 9″ vise can normally tolerate a clamping width (Jaw liners) equal double it’s nominal jaw width with minimal racking.
I tend to keep vises inside or on the leg, as this keeps weight within the area of the main frame.
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