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Posted: 9/16/2005 5:19:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2005 5:19:32 AM EDT by Ripcode]
I'm building a workbench this weekend.

What is the minimum size of vise I should get to work on my ARs?
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 6:10:14 AM EDT
Most people seem to use a 5" or 6".
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 6:21:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2005 6:22:04 AM EDT by Yojimbo]
I use two 6" heavy duty C-clamps but I'm a WECSOG graduate...
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 6:25:00 AM EDT
Thanks! 6" vise it is.

Looks like I'll be checking out the hardware stores this weekend.
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 7:15:10 AM EDT
What are you building? If you want to build a FnFal you will need more then "just" a 6-inch vise as timing or disassembly or a FAL will break an average 6-inch cast vise... Ask me how I know...

If you are doing most anything else... then the cheap 6-inch will do you fine...

Alos, if you want to build a FAL that bench will need to be RUGED in a big way! Mine is made out of 2x6s running around the outside with an extra down the middle of the bench, 4x4 posts, and a heavy shelf half way down under the top. The top was mad out of 3/4-inc plywood and my bench on the back wall is lagged to a stud wall.

When I was building my FAL we lifted the bench off the floor to get that barrel off the stub....!!!

Link Posted: 9/16/2005 7:20:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Ripcode:
Thanks! 6" vise it is.

Looks like I'll be checking out the hardware stores this weekend.



Last I checked, Lowes carries Wilton vices. Good stuff.
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 8:49:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Quarterbore:
What are you building?



Strictly ARs and any home projects the wife assigns..
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 8:50:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By wildearp:

Originally Posted By Ripcode:
Thanks! 6" vise it is.

Looks like I'll be checking out the hardware stores this weekend.



Last I checked, Lowes carries Wilton vices. Good stuff.



Hmmm.. I was at Lowes last week, and I see they sell a line of vises called Kobalt?

I'll check Lowes tomorrow.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 8:41:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Quarterbore:
What are you building? If you want to build a FnFal you will need more then "just" a 6-inch vise as timing or disassembly or a FAL will break an average 6-inch cast vise... Ask me how I know...

If you are doing most anything else... then the cheap 6-inch will do you fine...

Alos, if you want to build a FAL that bench will need to be RUGED in a big way! Mine is made out of 2x6s running around the outside with an extra down the middle of the bench, 4x4 posts, and a heavy shelf half way down under the top. The top was mad out of 3/4-inc plywood and my bench on the back wall is lagged to a stud wall.

When I was building my FAL we lifted the bench off the floor to get that barrel off the stub....!!!




A fantastic bench top is a solid core door. get one "virgin", i.e. undrilled for hinges/knob. They're alittle on the spendy side (I think it was something like $40 at Lowes a few years ago) but it's big, it's solid, it's thick, and it comes with a pretty dang good finished surface. I also put a couple coats of polyurethane stain to seal the grain and minimize oils from getting under the surface layer.

Other than that my bench (4x4 legs, heavy shelf out of 3/4 ply) is the same as Quarterbore's.

One other thing; if you're smart you'll build the bench in such a manner that you can take it apart. I used 1/2" carriage bolts to lock down the top and hold the leg/shelf "frames" together; when moving time comes I'll just unbolt everything and it'll move a lot easier.
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