Installing a Woodworking Vise

Installing a Woodworking Vise

I go step by step through the process of how to install a woodworking vise. This is a great addition to a workbench, and you can never have too many vises.

I used magnets to attach the wooden jaws to the vise, rather than screwing them on.

Hopefully this will help you install your own vise.
Please leave a comment if you have any questions, and remember to like and subscribe.

Products used (affiliate links):
Pony woodworking vise:
Cabinet screws:
Kreg bench dogs:


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Other tools I like to use: (affiliate links)

Empire 6″ combination square:
Stanley 12′ tape measure:
2″ Marples chisel:
2″ Marples chisel (Sheffield):

Pony woodworking vise:
Kreg bench dogs:

Tascam lavalier mic w/ recorder:

2-sided Japanese rip/crosscut saw:
Single Edge Z-saw Japanese saw:
Replacement blade for Z-saw:

SawStop Jobsite Saw:
SawStop brake for 10″ blades:
SawStop brake for 8″ dado stacks:
Diablo 10″ combination saw blade:
Diablo 8″ dado stack:

Porter Cable 2-1/4 hp router:

Titebond I – 1 quart:
Titebond II – 1 quart:
Titebond III – 16oz:


  1. captainnemo on January 14, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    could have routered the rebate …it would have been quicker and easier

  2. Stanky Piece of Bluecheese on January 14, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Instead of notching your bench just add vice wood jaws that stand pround of the top edge of the vice that are the equal height of your bench top.

  3. UngratefulBastard on January 14, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    What kind of chisels are those ?

  4. Cristófano Varacolaci on January 14, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    First time here, and man, you are doing a great job. I was looking to buy a budget vise for my small bench and this was very helpful. Do you have affiliate links? (I’d love to use them to help you a little bit) Hope you can check this message so I can buy it trough it.

  5. Sridhar Rajagopal on January 14, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Looks great! One suggestion – instead of cutting out the bottom of the table to make the vise flush with the table, you could have just installed the vise as-is, and then screwed on bigger wooden blocks to the vise and then plane them flush with the table. That way, you’d have slightly bigger jaws than provided by the vise itself, and it would save the work of cutting out the recess on the table. Just a thought.

  6. John DeVilbiss on January 14, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    The background music is too LOUD!

    Difficult to pay attention to the details. Plus, the music is repetitive and dumb.

  7. Jean Bolo Blanchard on January 14, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you well done

  8. ironman tooltime on January 14, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Dodgy music bro, but I kind of dig the porno / get wood vibe 😎

  9. Frank Samperisi on January 14, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Great photography, handiwork, and design. Just enough narration (dislike silent movies) and all those rapid screen videos that drag us through every step but the key ones. I have to agree with a comment below: no music please; it is very distracting. I see below you have responded to similar suggestions. I have been lugging around one of these old vises not knowing how to install it, and now have knowledge. Thank you, I really appreciate your fine production! Keep up the great work. Also great comments below. Subscribed.

  10. cole mahaney on January 14, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    cut the dumb music

  11. jack flash on January 14, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Excellent video Bob! I’m considering this vise. Just found out what a bench dog means. Thank you.

  12. YaBallash on January 14, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    v nice.. simple practical and no nonsense.. loved it.. thanx

  13. Devin Nelson on January 14, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    I would like to notify all beginners, the half-inch of wood that is not flush, is TOTALLY FINE! do not go through notching and removing wood from your bench. And even in some cases, it would help, say you slipped and made a mistake, and hit your perfectly sharpened chisel on you hard steel vise, I’ve done things close to that, and it totally ruins your day. Please don’t notch out the wood, the extra half-inch will be totally fine. Also, on an ending note, your vise jaws can but up to about 3-4 inches wider than the steel jaws.

  14. BRETT BAXTER on January 14, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    ever heard of a jig saw?

  15. Bob's Wood Stuff on January 14, 2022 at 9:16 pm

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  16. Heath Gehlhausen on January 14, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    That vice is exactly the right height – you want to that the wood inserts cover tge last half inch or so, to avoid metal rusing above the bench surface.

    Again, the wood jaws are supposed to reach up to cover the remaining distance.

  17. TheCyberHippie on January 14, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Should get yerself an oscillating tool bro. 🙂

  18. Patrick O’Hennesy on January 14, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Hey guys is 4cm too much space between the jaws and the table?

  19. George DaVall on January 14, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Enough with the Music! Otherwise thumbs up

  20. Patrick O’Hennesy on January 14, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    you should put the vice on the left side instead

  21. Paul Raistrick on January 14, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Wicky-wicky-wicky Slim Shady.

  22. Jer Goes on January 14, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    the magnetic jaws I don’t think would work for me, I always fit my vice lower down the apron so as to have no chance of it getting near my plane or chisels, the wood jaws I plane flush with the bench top however.
    Not dissing your video tho, there is much to be taken away from it, I MUCH prefer the homemade bench dogs you showed to anything I’ve ever made which tend to fall into the hole and are a pain to get out!

  23. Gabe Heafitz on January 14, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Nice CodeClimate shirt — fellow dev?

  24. John Raffensperger on January 14, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Very good video, many thanks. Minor suggestion: omit the background music. Thanks again.

  25. martin theveg on January 14, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Excellent and helpful vid, thanks.

  26. Eddy Castro on January 14, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Excelente video. Saludos desde Costa Rica.

  27. Dan Geraghty on January 14, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for taking the time, it helped out 🙂

  28. J LEBELGE on January 14, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    what about a solid top….you’re top is kinda weird with edges at 3.5 and the actual top much thiner ……My bench is full 2X4 all the way … so your instructions are weird since I have never saw a bench top this flimsy.

  29. alan g k on January 14, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    The wooden liners can be much wider (+4 inch on both sides) than the steel jaws to allow you to hold boards vertically to the side of the screw. But you need to fix them using coach bolts recessed slightly into the inner face of the wood.

  30. Nancy Crase on January 14, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Very useful video, thank you.

  31. unclematt3 on January 14, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you, Pimp Dog! This is a great explanation and it really helped me out. Love the tip on the magnets! Stay bad!

  32. James R on January 14, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Excellent, thanks for the help.

  33. Yoram Greenblat on January 14, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks, very clear and easy to understand.

  34. Trinket Stuff on January 14, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    i was doing to use magnets and found my vise is aluminum

  35. Tiffany Wall on January 14, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Look at this fuckin guy!!!! A little overkill buddy.

  36. NiGHTS on January 14, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Awesome vid. I liked and subscribed because you asked so politely.

  37. captainnemo on January 14, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    why does everyone cut the jaws short? you can overhang by up to a couple of inches at the sides to give a wider clamping area

  38. vilod on January 14, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Just the right amount of information without any fluff. Thank you. You eared a 👍and a new subscriber.

  39. I'm Jay on January 14, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    good job … subscribed

  40. John Nichols on January 14, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    The metal jaws of the vise should be 1/2"-3/8" below flush with the top of your workbench, so there’s no chance of hitting metal when using planes or similar tools.

  41. jkg2754 on January 14, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    You don’t want the metal of the vice even with the top of your bench !! Keep it down and make up the difference with wood blocks flush to the top.

  42. Malcolm Peacock on January 14, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    A good video, I learnt a lot, made my instilation easyer thanks, MedicUK.

  43. Janne Koilo on January 14, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Nice hints on how to use it at the end 👍

  44. Steve Meyer on January 14, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    You could have just removed the outer jaw to get your impact driver in there. There is just a pin that that acts as a stop for the threaded rod that can easily be tapped out and back in.

  45. Tommy Lud on January 14, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Just got one of these today. Installing tonight and tomorrow. Subscribed

  46. Hoomalimali on January 14, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Very nice ~ thanks!

  47. Shasta stan on January 14, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    I have a bench identical to yours. It’s been through the heat of a wild fire. The metal parts are corroded with soot and rust. I’ve cleaned them but the bench was sort of abused during the reconstruction. I’ve looked at some different vises included one for $170. I like your choice the best. Not sure if I will cut the notch or increase the wood jaw size. If I cut the notch, I’ll use a saber saw and cut both sides. It’s probably easier to make the jaws bigger and skip the magnets since I have a large vise on another bench.

  48. john smith on January 14, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Nicely done sir! Very helpful.

  49. J L on January 14, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Nice video man was helpful

  50. Ralph Livingston on January 14, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    This is a huge help to me. I’m 60 years old and I have Parkinson’s. I did some carpentry as a young man but very little woodworking. All of your tips are very helpful! I have my workbench built but I still need to make holes for bench dogs and I need to install two vises. I really liked the magnetic wood pieces to switch them out quickly. I don’t know how successful I will be but I’m having a great time learning… Which is kind of the point in my case! Please keep producing your great videos!