Zyliss Vise for Woodworking: Old Solution for New Adjustable Height Mobile Workbench

Zyliss Vise for Woodworking: Old Solution for New Adjustable Height Mobile Workbench

Zyliss Profi-King Plus, the Swiss made vise is examined.

This versatile vise may just be the goldilocks solution I have been looking for. Large heave wood and metal vise, which are permanently attached to the bench, do not serve my small garage woodworking shop well. I have a single bench that serves as an infeed/outfeed table, layout table, assembly table, painting and staining station, sanding station, and much more.

I need a flexible vise which can be taken on and off so the bench can serve the immediate purpose.


  1. John Oerter on January 10, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Thomas, this is Xclnt!

    I’m puzzling over similar things; small shop. I noticed that the husky moves as you work. How do you tolerate that?

  2. Bob Harper on January 10, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I have a Zyliss as well. I use it frequently for all of the reasons you give.
    Great functional overview. Thanks for the video.

  3. Tim Plays on January 10, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve been holding off on a vise because I haven’t found one that I like but I’m liking what I see now.

  4. Gary Lundgren Crafts on January 10, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Great video! Thanks! I have a Zyliss vise I bought maybe 30 yrs ago. Been wondering how to use it again.

  5. Craig Krohn on January 10, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    I have a shopsmith too liked the table

  6. WhoDatBe Dare on January 10, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I just picked up a Z-Vice2+. Does anyone have the DVD? Or a link to it’s contents?

  7. woodshop nerdery on January 10, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Please check my Community tab for answers to common questions and the latest information! – https://www.youtube.com/c/woodshopnerdery/community

  8. Robert Cart on January 10, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I have one too but not yet the great idea of matching with an adjustable set up / outfeed table. The Zyliss I have I also use on my boat where my shop is even too small for a shopsmith. I did carry it back and forth and ended up buying a second one out of Australia. It makes great sense for someone already tuned to the brain work of changing out the shopsmith between functions. It’s a great tool.

  9. Jeremy Friedbaum on January 10, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    I have an 11′ 11" x 11′ 11" woodshop that I built just small enough to avoid zoning scrutiny in Provo, Utah. My shop too is built around a Shopsmith, and I just upgraded to a 520, after a hiccough with my 510 headstock. This lead me to reconsider my shop layout for the first time in many years, and after watching this video, I am seriously considering copying you by switching to a Rolling Husky Adjustable Height Work Table, and a Profi-King deluxe vise set, from my traditional workbench and vises. My questions are: if I chose one of the Husky Tables with the two shelf option would there be enough hangover of the bench top to secure the Profi-King vise? How much hangover does the Profi-king vise require?

  10. Mark Beiser on January 10, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Yours is the original Swiss made one, so you don’t have to worry too much about it breaking if you don’t abuse it. It is the later not Swiss made "zVice2" that break under normal use.

  11. Me58651 on January 10, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Sweet! Wooden Shopsmith!

  12. Craig Krohn on January 10, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    On the work bench I see you beefed up the frame a little

  13. John Rice on January 10, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve read, of the Zylis vise. I’m gunna look/read again.

  14. Chad Nevels on January 10, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    I could see using that with say a saw horse as well. Especially for those tasks that need done outside the shop when you need an extra hand. Very Versatile. Cool tool!

  15. My Growth Rings on January 10, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    That Mark .5 is coming along nicely!

  16. Jim Sevilla on January 10, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Very nice way to accomplish alot of different task with one table. Nicely done. Oh I see you are really moving along with the mark .5 model can’t wait to see you finished product.