Vise Options for Work Benches with Rob Cosman

Vise Options for Work Benches with Rob Cosman

Both Tage Frid and Frank Klaus made popular the Scandinavian Shoulder vise, I love the way it supports a board, presses it flat, holds it firm across it’s width and nothing in the way underneath. The tail vise is fast moving, a double start threaded rod moves the vise 1″ with two rotations. Find these here


  1. Johnny rowland on April 20, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    This guy has enough hand tools in his shop for a family to retire and live comfortable!! Not hating, but these workshops look like tool displays!!

  2. Clwyd Jones on April 20, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Yet ANOTHER advert. Enough’s enough!

  3. Hondo Trailside on April 20, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    So two things you have to understand about the Cosman business model;

    1) He is not for the most part mass producing stuff. So the only practical part of the market to approach is the upper end. You need big ticket items to make a go of it.

    2) Same thing applies to cabinetmaking as a business. Why a guy like Klausz would located where he did near all the old money. If Cosman was a furniture maker, and not an educator, he wouldn’t make a go of it by competing with Walmart furnishings. So the idea of selling to the rich is the actual peak of the woodworking craft also. What the luckiest or most talented would do

    The first bench I made back in the 80s was the Frid model. And it cost me very little. You can make this stuff for pennies. Real benches are just beams on sawhorse/trestles, with a few screws.

  4. Mac Lambert on April 20, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    The worst  thing about the Cosman business model is that it will demotivate many people from even trying woodwork. OK Rob – your business has doubled in the last year. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if just as many youngsters have watched your channel and realised that woodworking is just too expensive for them. They’ll probably end up taking up polo or formula 1 speedboat racing – far cheaper than the Cosman  woodworking model

  5. Cosmin Bocean on April 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Yup, the price…. 500 USD for one! 1 K for both! Adding the price of the materials you use for building the workbench and the hours you put in it… I would buy it new! Or just make your own vice. Unsubscribed!

  6. Guenther Koffler on April 20, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I agree on the advantage of having no obstacle. But doesn’t a wide enough twinscrew (moxon) vise offer the same, without having the shoulder between the workpiece and yourself ? A tailvise is unbeatable.

  7. Holly Smith on April 20, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    That is some very nice vise hardware. I don’t understand why a lot of people get so mad when people show a costly quality product. They don’t have to buy it. I’m sure you are just showing the vise as a option for anyone who can afford it.

  8. Against The Grain Woodworking on April 20, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Hey Rob where are those vases Hardware‘s located now? Are they still available now?

  9. NatureBoyRicFlair on April 20, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Just grind off a dumbbell threaded rod!

  10. Guillermo Fernandez on April 20, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    is it made out of gold and silver?

  11. eaglecot on April 20, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Haha, if only you knew how funny it sounds for me as a swedish speaker when you try to pronounce Tage Frid. Sure it’s only two short names but man, you have no trouble americano-it-up to unrecognizability.

  12. deezynar on April 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Original benches were made with wooden screws.  You can make your own for not much money.

  13. larry munninghoff on April 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    More cost effective is the Lee Valley shoulder vise for $35, only company I know of selling a reasonably priced shoulder vise.

  14. Chris Colbeck on April 20, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Guys he’s on about speed of rotation 1” per 2 turns, we don’t get that from a standard thread. It boils down to what’s gone in to the design and build of this. You get what you pay for. But at an average man/woman we cant afford the price very nice but very expensive. Good luck with the sale tho. All the best Chris c

  15. Pluto's Son on April 20, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Insane price for the screw kit.

  16. Les Nightingill on April 20, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Anyone who feels that the price is too high is absolutely free to do exactly what Rob did… make some sketches and take them to a low-volume fabricator. It’s not that complicated, and we’re all makers here, right? You will get a good idea what these cost to make (let us know what you find out). Heck, you could even sell them on the internet and make some money! I’ll be looking for your website and your shoulder vise screw, and will be very glad when you are selling for $250. I bet Rob’ll just give up and close up shop.

    Also, Rob and his fabricator solved a tricky design issue, which I won’t reveal here (he discusses in his workbench video series), so he gets extra credit. Most ppl wouldn’t even know it was an issue until they had their first prototype made.

    Rob is a good and talented man, a hard worker, and a committed philanthropist. I wish I could afford this vise screw, but I’m happy that Rob can make a living doing this.

  17. John D on April 20, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Does anyone know a everyday woodworker who can afford his tools? Crazy!

  18. Tritt1111 on April 20, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Rob, don’t let all the negativity get to you, I appreciate all you are doing with your channel and the PHP.

  19. Dan The Chippie on April 20, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Hi, I’ve read the below reviews and if anyone is interested having bought many of Robs tools I can assume you that they are the best in the business. I own lie- Nielsen and varitas tools but Robs, anything from Rob is the very best a man can get. I’m not affiliated to Rob in fact I am about a third of the planet away (5,700 Km) in Ireland.
    Sure Robs tools are pricey but you will not find better anywhere.
    He also donated part of his profits to his charity – the Purple Heart
    His experience and knowledge along is worth a fortune. My only regret is that I live to far away to ever take his class
    Cheers Dan

  20. SidebandSamurai on April 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Rob. I love your videos. You have a business and certainly these vices are worth their weight in gold. What some people must understand is not all tools are correct for the job. It all depends entirely on the build of your workbench. Cheaper tools have certain comprises, for example, less machining, the fit and finish is just not complete. Rob is just providing another option for you. His options have a more refined fit and feel. the time to manufacture the tool is thus more expensive. If you want that for your bench then I would encourage you to purchase his vices. Certainly you don’t have to buy them. He is offering them for you to purchase. They are unique and something I have never seen in any work bench build.

    Now comes my suggestion. I am not complaining about the promoting of your equipment. What I would like to see is a "Free" project you work on featuring how you use the equipment you offer for sale. Something like an Infomercial. At the end of the video say I offer this equipment on "Rob" You get the idea. You satisfy your need to earn money and promote the equipment you sell, and satisfy subscribers need for good content from an excellent woodworker such as yourself.

    Remember everyone, for Rob this is a business. It costs money and time to film everything he does. To pay the bills he designs and offers this equipment for sale. Price aside, if you want the best you buy the best. If you can get by using different equipment, that is perfectly fine as well. Lets stop complaining and make some sawdust! There are always many options in wood working. That is the beauty of the hobby. If you feel one option is too expensive find a different alternative.

    As an example YouTube search for "Harbor Freight dust collector" Watch a couple of those videos. then search "Harbor Freight Dust Collector Mods" The dust collector is not of great quality but after modifying it you have an excellent two stage dust collector for about $500 bucks. Where as you buy a 2 stage dust collector from Grizzley and you pay 800 or more. Yes you can use your wet/dry vac to collect dust which is cheaper as well. but you have to deal with the filter clogging up and constantly emptying the container. for some workers buying the Grizzley is the only way to go. it all depends on how you want to work.

    Ok this has gone way too long. Have a great day!

    –Sideband Samurai

  21. Dan The Chippie on April 20, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Rob, I love the hardware, you mentioned that you made a lot of benches and you use some or all of them in your Purple Heart classes. Have you ever considered selling the benches with this new hardware? I noticed that some of the benches had a different type of hardware that I wasn’t a fan off. Cheers Dan

  22. FREXIT FREXIT VITE on April 20, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    C’est hors de prix ! Pourquoi changer quelque chose qui donne entière satisfaction?

  23. 243WW on April 20, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Very nice, but US$500… MATE that’s something like $660 Canadian or Australian. One weeks pay for a thread? There’s got to be another option? Back to the second hand shops for me then.