Easy! - Temp a Metal Vise in a Wood Shop




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I have a very nice Woodworking Workbench with great woodworking vises. Occasionally I need to use a metal vise, but there is no metal vise on my workbench. Here is a very quick and easy tip on how I solved that problem!

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Step 1: Make a Tee Shaped Block and Bolt It to a Metal Vise

  1. Cut a piece of 3/4" thick wood just bigger than the base of my metal vise.
  2. Bolt the tee shaped block on to the bottom of your vise.
  3. Glue a block of wood that is about 1-1/2" x 2" x 5" in the center of the first piece of wood.
  4. Mark and drill holes in that piece of wood that line up with the holes in the bottom of your vise

NOTE: I like to use carriage bolts for this. Carriage bolts have a square section under the head. I place the bolt in my pre-drilled hole and then tap the head with a hammer. This creates a square recess around the bolt hole. Now the carriage bolt will lock into place and I don't need two wrenches to tighten it down. The nice rounded head on carriage bolts also offer a much more finished look than hex head bolts.

Step 2: Using the Vise

Anytime you need to use the metal vise you just pull it out from wherever you store it and clamp it in your regular wood vise! It works like a charm.

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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    could you just place some angle iron (or some other form of bent metal) over your wood vise to protect the faces?

    3 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Wood vises are usually at the level of the top of the bench. An engineer's metal vise is on top of the bench. So even if you put metal pads in a wood vise it would not quite be the same thing. Although sometimes I use my wood vises for things I shouldn't myself. Even though I have a few metal vises in my workshop anyways. Just how it goes. I even have metal vises mounted on wood blocks that I can put into my wood vises too.


    Reply 3 years ago

    ok, that makes sense, I didn't think about needing a vise that is above table level. I just figured his wood vises seem much stronger than the wooden mount that he made that is only glued together. As long as you are careful and don't put too much torsion on it the mount that he made should handle light metal working.

    nice job charlie :)


    3 years ago

    If you are merely doing some simplistic metal work, that would work fine. But the way I use my metal vice some times, for serious metal work, it would tear that wood vice to pieces. But that is why you have both types. Nice project either way.

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    Charlie Kocourekgm280

    Reply 3 years ago

    That is defintley a light duty metal vise! My woodshop is in the basement of my house and I only do incidental metal working there. Anything big or really messy happens out in the garage, and I have a better vise out there!