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How to mount a woodworking vice?

How to mount a woodworking vice

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happy builder A vice needs to be mounted correctly in order to ensure it is secure enough to clamp onto objects without risk of movement. This can be done by following a few simple steps.

Mounting a permanent vice

mounted woodwork vice When used for holding a workpiece during hand operations such as sawing or planing, a vice may be permanently mounted to a workbench by bolting it into place.
sawing This ensures both a user’s safety and accuracy when completing such operations on a workpiece, by helping to eliminate any risk of the vice moving or falling off the worktop.

Please note that these instructions are a guide to mounting a vice. Some vices, such as the workbench vice, may need to be installed into a workbench itself and to do this the user should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


Step 1 – Select worktop

When using a vice, the fixed body should always be securely attached to a sturdy worktop, such as a woodworking bench. The workbench should also be immovably fastened to the floor.

jaws level with work surface

Step 2 – Position vice

Make sure to place the vice in the best position before bolting. When mounting a woodworking vice, the top edge of the jaws should be set level with the surface of the workbench.

bolted vice At this point, also ensure that there is enough room for the full length of the screw when the jaws of the vice are fully closed.
marking bolt holes

Step 3 – Drill bolt holes

After placing the vice in the optimum position, mark out the holes for where the vice will be bolted.

drilling holes These holes will then have to be drilled out to allow for the bolts to pass through the workbench.
nut bolt and lock washer

Step 4 – Bolt vice

Next, place bolts into all the holes provided within the mounting bracket.

To add further security, place lock washers in-between the bolts and mounting bracket to distribute the load of the fastener.

woodworking vice mounted The vice is now mounted to the workbench and ready for use.

Mounting a portable vice

portable woodwork vice Some models of woodwork vices are portable and can be clamped to the edge of any convenient worktop when needed.

Step 1 – Select worktop

A portable woodworking vice can mount to any work surface, as long as the clamp is wide enough to fit around the edge.

woodcraft portable vice

Step 2 – Position vice

Place the vice in the best working position by resting the mounting bracket onto the work surface and the vice clamp underneath the work surface.


Step 3 – Clamp vice

Fix the vice by turning the clamping lever to the right. Keep turning until the vice is clamped tightly onto the work surface.

To undo the vice, simply turn the clamping lever to the left.

portable woodwork vice The vice is now securely mounted to the work surface and ready to be used.

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