Cabinet Maker's Vise Installation





Introduction: Cabinet Maker's Vise Installation

How to turn cabinet maker's vice hardware into a functional bunch vice.

Step 1: Cut Wood

I used scrap 2x6 for the vice jaws.

Step 2: Reinforce

Reinforce under the work bench to support the vice if needed.

Step 3: Drill Bench

Drill holes to accommodate the vice screw and guide bars. Line up the mounting bracket to determine the location of the holes.

Step 4: Drill Jaws

Drill corresponding holes in the jaws.

Step 5: Attach Jaws

Place vice bars and screw through the jaws.

Step 6: Stationary Jaw

Push vice through the bench holes to line the stationary jaw up with the bench and fasten in place.

Step 7: Mounting Brackets

Screw the mounting brackets to the underside of the bench.

Step 8: Sliding Jaw

Fasten the sliding jaw to the vice and add some bench dogs.

Step 9: Handle

Cut a piece of dowel to length or turn a piece of stock.

Step 10: End Caps

Cut end caps for the handle.

Step 11: Drill

Drill a hole to mount over the handle.

Step 12: Sand

Give everything a fine sanding.

Step 13: Attach

Screw end caps to the handle.

Step 14: Finish the Wood

Use a finishing technique on the wood. I like Danish oil and wax.

Step 15: Entertain Your Vice



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    I bought a vice to install a while ago and I've been doing the usual 'Bodgit and Scarper' technical examination ( Humming, Harring, sucking in wind through pursed lips saying hmm this looks difficult .. better get a bigger hammer).but after reading this I don't have an excuse to do it now.

    Really good install guide! When you installed this did you try and drill the holes (maybe pilot holes) for the vice jaws and bench in one go to get a good alignment or was it too difficult to clamp / line it up? Just want to add to my 'technical examination' before I make several cups of tea ... lunch... quick kip and because I've over slept organise tools and do it the next day (procrastination .... what does that mean ?).


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    Procrastination? I'm guilty there. It means to put off to the last minute.

    Procrastination, damn and I thought it was a term for 'Intensely considering and making sure a job is very well thought through' ! But come to think about it I'm sure you are right.

    I took the front of the vise off and traced the outline and holes onto the wood surfaces. Then drilled them out with forstner bits. It was that simple for me.

    nice & simply job!

    But you did not explain the dogs or whatever you call them . What are they what made of, how to install them ,what spacing etc

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    When I made a clamping desk I went looking for bench dogs and found a few different types on Ebay, Amazon and hardware suppliers. I would imagine that it's down to your own taste or maybe set up more than 2 on the vice for what ever project you are doing, another idea is to put a block between the jaws to carry dogs for a particular project.

    Hope that helps

    Dogs are the pins that keep the wood or whatever from shifting as you close and tighten the vise. They are done in pairs as he has done here. The spacing is usually about 6" per pair for as long a surface you need. My table is 6 feet long so there are nine pair. You can buy dogs in 3/4" diameter. I made my own dogs with a 5/8" oak dowel. This size works perfect for me. They fit very snug into the holes I drilled so there will not be any tilting or binding of the board being clamped.

    I think you can buy those one Amazon

    can you post a link to where you bought the hardware. fancy installing one of these, I've got a metalwork vise with timber jaw faces but this looks much better. thanks

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    I built one of these myself a couple years ago. I used 2" oak for the faces. I got my vise at Look up part number H7788 and it was the best price of any other location I found at the time.

    Thanks for the info, never thought to use a hardwood for the jaws, it makes more sense. Ta!

    Search 'Cabinet Maker's Vise' on Amazon.