My portable front vise
My workbench will not accommodate any vise. Sturdy but not ideal. Also I have a very small shop. Sometimes my work has to go under the back patio.
I needed a real woodworking vise. Then the idea, why not make it so it can clamp on the table or on to a set of solid saw horses. Searched around, Lee Valley front vise won out. Kreg bench dogs. Made some metal ones a while back from 3/4" hex head bolts. I ground back one face on each bolt, works great. I will be making more with step faces, and low profile height.
I made the frame from laminated Quarter Sawn pine. The sides and jaws are made from European/German Beech. I had it, I used it. The base is a piece of 3/4" Borg birch plywood 16" X 24". The only thing glued is the pine. Everything else is screwed together in case I need to get to the vise assembly.
I have 4 1/4" jaw opening capacity. I routed the bench dog holes and mentioned them in a recent post. I really am pleased with the end results. It is not too heavy to move, and it has a spot behind my planer against the wall. I have a heavy plastic bag that it fits perfectly in, to keep it from getting dusty when not in use.
Hopefully this year I will finish a 24" planning table with 2 wagon vise and bench dogs, for hand planning my end grain cutting boards. I want to be able to plane from all sides. This vise will be able to be clamped to it also.