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The challenge here is clamping the edging in place across the long top. Shop Short Cuts (page 14) shows a handy way of doing this if you don't have long clamps available.
Installing a Vise. The workbench is ready to use at this point. But to make the bench even more versatile, you can add a bolt-on vise like the one shown on the opposite page.
This type of vise only requires four lag screws to attach it to the benchtop (Figure 5a). Depending on the size of the vise, you may have to install a spacer between the rear jaw and the benchtop.
This spacer keeps the metal edge of the vise lower than the benchtop (Figure 5a), preventing any interference with a workpiece or possible damage to a tool. My spacer was simply a piece of V4" hardboard.
I also added a set of wood faces to the metal jaws. These faces provide a more secure grip without damaging the workpiece.
For a "cleaner" vise installation, there's another mounting option that buries the rear jaw of the vise behind the front edging strip of the
Optional Vise Mounting
W X1" lag screw
benchtop. To leam more about how to do this, see box below
And that's it Your new workbench is ready for manv years of serious woodworking d V.
3/e" x 3" lag screw
(3A x 414 - 9)
Another way to mount a woodworking vise is to bury the rear jaw behind the edging, like you see in the above photo. This allows you to clamp long pieces flat against the front of the workbench.
Installing the vise this way requires a little planning. Before you attach
the edging \ouH need to rout a "pocket' in the edging that will house the rear jaw detail 'a'I
Once the edging is installed, you can slip the rear jaw of the \ise into the pocket and bolt it securely to the benchtop frorr underneath with lag screws. Here again, youll need to place a spacer between the -. tie and benchtop (detail a').
The final detail is to acid a wood face to the front wr.\ 7 match the look of the edging, the thickness of the wood face is the same thickness as the edging. The fa - - - - cer to provide more damping surface against the edge . 1 the bench.
(1'/z x 4 - 15)
ROUT POCKET IN EDGING TO HOLD REAR JAW FROM WORKBENCH END)
%" x 3" lag screw
-edging strip r£ar jaw