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What are the benefits of a Post vise?

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  • What are the benefits of a Post vise?

    What is the original design concept behind a post or leg vise? What type of jobs were they intended to do?


  • #2
    Which type?

    Are you refering to the metal working/ blacksmith type or the wood working type?

    If the metal/blacksmith kind, it transfers your "pounding" directly to the ground, not to the bench top.

    The wood working kind usually stops short of the ground, opens wider from the bench. There is a "local" PA Dutch (German) that the vise jaws are angled (like this " /"), That allows the screw to clamp the work on the center line.

    Both kinds often extend above the bench top, wheel wrights, carriage builders, carvers and the like still use them here.

    Sorry, I don't have pictures to link to.
    Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there no sweeter words than "I told you so."


    • #3
      I think Blacksmiths preferred a post vise because it could be strapped to a post or slender stump and the single leg would transfer impact force to the bottom of the post and thus, to the ground. A vise attached to a table (without the leg) would bounce too much minimizing the effectiveness of each hammer blow.

      Last edited by Mike Burdick; 04-16-2006, 01:08 AM.


      • #4
        There is probably more than you wanted to know here;
        Jim H.