Tail Vise Clamp | Popular Woodworking Magazine

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After years of wishing my old workbench had a tail vise, I realized I could get one of my new Jorgensen Cabinet Master bar clamps to do the job. All I had to do was reverse the sliding lower jaw (it’s removable) and mount the bar and fixed jaw under the countertop.

I drilled and carved an elongated hole in the leg so that the sliding jaw only extended 5/8 above the countertop. Then I screwed a notched block and cap to the opposite end to serve as a resting surface for the fixed jaw. To finish my tail vise, I pierced a row of 1s1/8 diameter holes in line with the sliding jaw and molded a bench dog to fit.

When I need to use the clamp elsewhere, I simply remove the sliding jaw and pull out the fixed jaw and the bar from the other end —Robert A. Miller

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