Attaching a vice to a bench rail??
I purchased an old Record 52 (made in England model) to fit to my about to be constructed workbench, and although am basing my workbench on some plans from a book, can't figure out how to attach the vice to the bench. The instructions re the vice in that guide are very vague, to say the least. I've searched the internet and consulted all my books, and haven't turned up any accurate guides/advice. Hence this post.
The vice has four holes perpendicular to the benchtop. They are 65mm centre to centre parallel to the travel of the vice, and 145mm centre to centre across the vice - ie parallel with the vice cheeks. The first set of holes are 20mm behind the rear side of the rear vice cheek. The workshop bench has top rails of 140 x 45mm, bottom rails of 90 x 45mm and 42mm of plywood (3 sheets) as the top. The top will overhang the rails by 120mm.
1. Given that the bench top overhangs the rails, how can I mount the vice onto the rails? Should I be attaching to the rail, or to the underside of the bench top?
2. I'm right-handed - should the vice be at the right hand end of the long side of the table?
3. I take it that the tops of the wooden cheek plates (is that what they're called?) should be flush with the bench top?
4. Is there a generally accepted dimension and type of wood used for the wooden cheek plates?
5. Should the wooden cheek plate on the vice's rear plate be flush with the vertical edge of the bench top?
Looking forward to some advice!