Do You Need a Vise on Your Work Bench? – Woodworking on a budget

Do You Need a Vise on Your Work Bench? – Woodworking on a budget

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In this week’s video, I talk about whether or not you need a front vise system on your small shop workbench. There are many options for securing your work to your work table. I go over some of the alternatives for clamping workpieces for planing, chiseling or power tool operations. Some of these solutions might be useful if you are working with hand tools in a room with limited space.

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  1. Hansborg Desing on March 19, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Interessant, det er bestemt en overvejelse værd. Har længe tænkt på gammeldags holdfast og dit sætop passer ind i den tankegang. God video 👍

  2. Joshua Wagner on March 19, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Great setup! What do you call the 2 screw down clamps that you put into the holes on your table? Thanks!

  3. Salvador Hernandez on March 19, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    buena idea

  4. Artnovetor on March 19, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Trabalho perfeito parabéns 👏

  5. Olive Press on March 19, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    What’s the height of your main MF workbench? Thanks Eric. Another thoughtful and helpful video!

  6. Sapele Steve on March 19, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Nice set up Eric which obviously works well for you. Simple & very effective, can’t ask for more than that! 👍👍😉😉

  7. Peter Söderblom on March 19, 2022 at 5:49 pm


  8. Dennis Seemann on March 19, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Absolutely love, your take on the MFWT, have been trying to figure a way of dropping my leg vice and dead man, you ledge and side clamping technique is the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing

  9. peterlamborn on March 19, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Dead man? Besides a body found in an alley, what’s that? Sign me Total Newb.

  10. Runar Magnussen on March 19, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    This video came at just the right time. Was thinking about getting a vise for my bench and this looks like a way better solution for me!

    Are you locking the mft top in place, or do you not feel the need for that?

  11. Johnbro8 on March 19, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing your skills, food for thought, I am just about to change things in my work shop so it’s given me a few ideas. Thanks👍

  12. Walter Salomão Gouvêa on March 19, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    ótimo vídeo! Me fez pensar em reavaliar minhas configurações de bancadas. Obrigado .
    great video! It made me think about reevaluating my bench configurations. Thank you

  13. Tim Royal on March 19, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Everyone needs to find an effective work holding system for themselves. Love your setup, but for me I needed a more traditional setup. I found that I didn’t need a solid maple bench, etc… My bench cost $61 to build including a traditional leg vice and a wagon vise and dog setup. I used a scaffold screw for the leg vise and a $13 veneer press screw for the wagon vise. They are fast, hold like a rock and the Nicholson style front apron provides the side work holding you show on yours (My next bench will probably be a Roubo style). It’s not perfect for every situation (none are) but it is pretty awesome. Here’s a link to it and to the Moxon I use with it

  14. ALBATROS on March 19, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    I love sacrileges !!!

  15. Lina Havili on March 19, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Eric, could you help me if you can ask this question. Drawing conventions should normally conform to what technical drawing code?

  16. L Mallard on March 19, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    I found this video too late

  17. peterlamborn on March 19, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Damn, all those hand tools! Color me envious!

  18. Ryder’s Custom Creations on March 19, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    What are those red handled long chisels?

  19. peterlamborn on March 19, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Who the hell is Jon Peters?

  20. ventas tecno on March 19, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    what is the brand of these Clamps? thanks