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Installing a Nicholson Style Bench Vice

April 29, 2016

Nicholson style workbench vice.

When we started the Unplugged Woodshop – Toronto, it was important to keep the student to teacher ratio low. Most of the schools I teach at Internationally have 8 workbenches which seems to work quite well. I decided to follow that model and made 6 Nicholson style workbenches, and 2 Roubo.

Over the past two weeks, between classes and courses, we’ve installed some traditional style vices on the Nicholson style benches. They require one vice screw, which we purchased at Lee Valley Tools, and the rest is made up of 8/4 stock.  As you’ll see in this new video, it doesn’t take a lot of materials, and only a handful of tools to make and install.

If you’d like to build your own Nicholson style workbench, here’s a pdf. and Sketch Up file to show you how we made ours.

UW Workbench Cut List

UW Workbench

If you’re in the Toronto area, we also offer bench kits to make the process of assembling your cut list that much easier. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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