There are few things that aren’t made better by good instructions.  Since I like being a bit wordy, and a picture is worth a thousand words, this page ought to give Hugo a run for his money.

Soon there will be a link to a Sketchup library for these, as soon as my fantastic

Sketch-up artist is done with all the sets of plans.


Face Vise:

While you can use round dowels, I find that the extra care taken when doing dovetailed runners provides a much smoother operating vise.

Top view


Bottom ViewApron or rear chop removedFront Chop dovetail guide Attachment


Centered Wagon Vise:

Top View after install

Diagram of integral partsSide Apron Removed

Front Apron RemovedDog block and nut assembly detail

Dovetail guides/runnersThe most accurate way to cut your dovetails consistently is to “gang cut” them.

 Wagon Vise off-center:

An off center traveling dog-block is a compromise in having the force directly behind the dog, and ease of use.

The main difference from an installation standpoint it that your “Nut Extension blocks” will need to be mortised for the dovetail guides, rather than cut short to clear them.


Top view installedIntegral Parts DetailSide Apron removedFront Apron RemovedDog block and nut assemblyDovetail runners/guidesGang cut your dovetails for an accurate fit and smoother operationLeg Vise:

One of the easier Vises to build, and a great work holder.


These two methods of connecting the nut to the bench leg are equally vailid.  The dovetail method is a bit trickier , but very secure and will not require metal fasteners

The Mortise and Bolt on method allows for faster removal, if you are using the nut and screw for several different devices.

Traditional tail vise:

The Traditional tail vise is robust, versatile, and indispensable for many types of work.  They have a few disadvantages, namely the sagging that occurs over the course of time, but this design combats that with the addition of carefully constructed guides that hold the entire length of the jaw in the same plane as the workbench.

Top removed to show inside the jaw.

The Guide that keeps the vise from sagging

Mortising the nut into the bench adds a little more stability

View from under the bench

Shoulder Vise: Coming Soon!

Downloadable zip files:

 face vise

 Center Wagon Vise

Offset Wagon Vise


Clamp On Moxon 

Twin Screw Vise

Tail Vise