Installing a WorkBench Vise // How To – Woodworking

Installing a WorkBench Vise // How To – Woodworking

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In this video I take piece of Maple to create a thicker WorkBench clamping area for my Carpenter’s Front Vise and then I install the device.

This install can be done with any available WorkBench Top. Often times you can find salvaged butcher blocks that folks have used in a kitchen or elsewhere. You can add additional hardwood all the way around as aprons as I’m starting to do here.

I start by milling up the Maple that I have on hand. I wanted to go with something with additional weight even though after this process there won’t be nearly enough weight to keep the bench from moving around. I’ll have to add more weight later.

Once I had my choice of maple piece chosen I continued to mill and square it up on all 4 sides. I chose a length that would be proportionate with the width of my Saw Horses.

When the piece was prepared thoroughly and with the correct dimensions I started to center it on the workbench top after I had flipped the top over to do a bottom install.

I determined how much space I needed the vice clamping block to extend beyond the bench top and marked that on the maple apron and then clamped the block down to the apron and marked my holes to drill for the vice rods and threading.

I proceeded to drill all my holes both for attaching the apron to the Bench top as well as for the vice rods to be threaded through.

Once the holes were drilled, I secured the apron using the vice to keep it square and used TiteBond II to secure the apron to the Work Bench top along with 2 1/2 ” screws.

After the apron was secured I screwed the vice to the top with provided screws, added the front vise hardware and then flipped the Bench Top back over right side up.

I glued the vise spinning rod together with CA glue and then began testing the vice by doing some hand planing with none other than a piece of Walnut! The install was done!!

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► Tools and Supplies Used:

Grizzly Solid Maple Workbench Top (purchased 2 years ago):

Cabinet Maker’s Front Vise:

Stick Fast CA Quick-Set Medium 4.5oz:

Stick Fast Aerosol Activator 7.5oz:

Lufkin Measuring Tape:

Bench Dog Push-Bloc:

Milwaukee 6955 12” Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw:

Incra IRSET 12-Inch Marking Rule Set:

WoodPeckers Drill Press Table with Hold Down Clamps:

Wood River No 6 Bench Plane:

Big Horn Push Stick:

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill/Driver Combo with One Key:

TiteBond II – Wood Glue:

FastCap Glu-Bot Glue Bottle (16 Ounces) –
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  1. Marc Clarke on March 20, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    The completely unnecessary music track is very distracting.

  2. John Mont on March 20, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    very cool!!

  3. Abb Bee on March 20, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    I’d be more concerned about how wobbly your workbench is – a lot of racking when planing.

  4. Made by Brent on March 20, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Great job!

  5. murat ergun on March 20, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Hi, many thanks for the nice video. I would probably install the similar vise for my workbench. May I ask a detail on drilling the holes for vise bars ( between the time slot 3:10 – 3:20 ). What kind of gap you set between the wood and the bars when drilling ? I mean, what would be the hole diameter if the bar is 20 mm (0,79 inch) The reason I needed to know that is that ; if the hole is so tight, it would be hard to open /close the vise, on the other hand, if the hole is so loose, the moving part of the vise would dangle.. Thanks lot again.

  6. Fazan Hamrock on March 20, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Hi fellows. I think you need to take some time and take a fast tour on Woodglut website.

  7. Working Timbers Co. on March 20, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Oh what a feeling to have a workbench vise finally installed!

  8. Joshua Hasson on March 20, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    It looks like I bought the same vise second hand off someone just last week. Do you know what brand it is by chance? Also, what kind of wood did you use for the vise face? Is that maple too?

  9. Tuan Bui on March 20, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful!! Even the shavings! Lol. Nicely done dude! Cant wait to get mine rollin!

  10. Pawpaw Stew on March 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Nice work on the vice installation. BTW, what was the music track you used? I typically don’t like music playing on how-to videos, but yours was soft, relaxing (I definitely go into my shop to relax), and more like what I think music on these videos should be – supporting and not distracting.

  11. Shannan Schisler on March 20, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    If you want to make it yourself just look for woodprix website. There is all you need to make it 🙂

  12. Brig Cook on March 20, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    I removed my bench vise a few months ago because the block was in poor shape and haven’t bothered to reinstall it. You’ve given me some good inspiration!

  13. Russell Nentwich on March 20, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    I am watching the video as I am looking to build a quick workbench myself and saw the maple butcher block which I plan to use. I noticed it wobbles a good bit. Does that drive you nuts? I assume you want to be able to disassemble it easily which is why you don’t secure the top. Other than that how is it for hand tools?

  14. Glenn Krise on March 20, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Nice job. I had been considering buying the maple top from Grizzly OR just getting a workbench from them altogether…I think I am going to go with just the maple top and build my own frame. Also, what plane is that you are using…is it a Woodriver No. 6?

  15. Bill on the Hill on March 20, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    I have a very similar 10" woodworkers vise that goes back to the 50’s, possibly late 40’s given to me by a friend. It was made by " THE LITTLESTOWN HDWE. & FDRY. CO. Littlestown, Pa., U.S.A.
    I’m talking old school here as it has the iron jaw plates front & rear. I turned it into a 14" vise with some scrap oak & birch for my jaws. I refurbished it beforehand & gave it a coat of implement green paint.
    Your carriage assy., main screw & guides are almost identical to my setup. I followed a Paul Sellers video on YouTube for my install with some minor differences but quite pleased by it’s looks & functionality.
    I too built my own workbench & is solid as a rock, absolutely no movement or flexing, however I love the pure beauty of your workbench top & how U used a single block of wood for the outer jaw & the workbench itself to act as the inner jaw, simply beautiful…
    Bill on the Hill,
    Vermont, USA… :~)

  16. Brad Miles on March 20, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Great video, concise and very informative.

  17. Timothy Built on March 20, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Just installed my vise (will be uploading my demo soon). I like your method and demo. My bench was together already, so I needed to turn it upside down.

  18. michael cardona on March 20, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Hello: excellent job, very simplistic yet right to the point; many video creators expound on working the installation of the vise with the bench top off the table and turning it upside down rather than to work from under the table; while viewing how smooth your vise spindle assembly and guides worked and how smooth your table top looked I took a very good look at mine, (ahhhhhhhh); my bench table top is an old solid Oak door with planks 5.5" x 1.5" and weighs around 200+ lbs that I found; I realized my DOOR was not square or flat and needed a shave; I bring this up because I fought with the vise install for about 2 days, watching different videos and while watching YOURS is when I realized my mistakes, nothing that a good shave couldn’t handle; my vise now works beautifully and the whole setup is just perfect, THANKS TO YOUR VIDEO, great work!!

  19. Ulrich on March 20, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    nice job but maybe look into planning the wood the right way with the gran, u will get much better results

  20. Super Specialty on March 20, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Wasting time with getting it done.

  21. Valentina Geli on March 20, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Hi! I just discovered your channel and I want to congratulate you on your hard work.really Great video! I Was looking for your email for a commercial offer, what is your best email to contact you?

  22. Mr. Baseball on March 20, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for the video– got a lot of good info. Just wish my workbench table was as easy as yours is to flip for the install… ha… mine probably weighs 100 lbs. at least…may have to install my vice upside down looking up. Yuck….

  23. Jim McNett on March 20, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    I am a new subscriber. I liked this video. I think you did a great job and I am interested to see what you do next. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Tamara Tamrot on March 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    I think you should visit the Woodglut website if you want to do it yourself.

  25. Jacob Miller on March 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    What’s the point of a nice vice and all the thick hardwood if your table wobbles 3 inches either direction. You are just asking for a incredibly smashed foot. And that’s if your lucky.. one 5$ 2x4x8 would save the $300+ table plus the vice plus the medical bill plus however much time and effort into the project the gets smashed when it falls. I just dont understand. New to you channel so maybe I typing into the void, but this was 2 yrs ago so there is no way that went unresolved.

  26. David on March 20, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Nice end result. I liked the methodical approach and precision work. Unfortunately there were bad things happening along the way. You have enough money tied up in Woodpecker tools to buy a used car but dangerously no support for the heavy maple as it comes off the table saw. The other issue was minor, regarding the use of CA adhesive and accelerator. I’ve used CA since 1976 so not a newbie to it. Accelerator makes CA more brittle than it already is and you applied maybe 20 times as much as needed. As a life long flying model airplane builder I’ve learned that the more accelerator, the more brittle the cured CA gets. I would expect the glued on knob will pop off eventually from impacts as it drops onto the vise. Aliphatic would take a while to set but I would have no concerns about its longevity. Just one guy’s opinion based on experience.

  27. Violin Maker on March 20, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Nice work, however it would be better with the jaw flush with the top.