Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The V2 Tail Vise

We announced in early February that an updated version of our award-winning Tail Vise was in the works. We're pleased to announce that, after thorough testing, the Benchcrafted Tail Vise "version 2" is now in production.

Functionally identical to the original Benchcrafted Tail Vise, the V2's main difference is in how it mounts to your benchtop.

The bolted-on, off-the-shelf acme nut on the original vise has been replaced by a custom-machined monolithic nut block made from one-inch-thick cold-rolled steel and tapped for the precision-rolled 1-1/4" acme screw. This streamlined and low-profile assembly allows twice as much of your benchtop to remain intact above the sliding plate, and that's a good thing. The vise is also more robust, although that's a bit moot since you could park a dump truck on the vise without much effect (not that we recommend it!) The vise's capacity between jaws has also been increased by about 1".

The square nut block also allows you to route a shallow, rectilinear cavity vs. a curved cavity,
simplifying and reducing installation time. The mortise in your end cap can also now be rectilinear.

The low-profile nut block has also allowed us to use a slightly larger hand wheel with interior finger-grips. This makes cinching up the vise a tad easier (a bit of an oxymoron since our tail vise is virtually effortless) . The rosewood handwheel knob (on both the Tail Vise and Glide) has also undergone a slight aesthetic change. Plus, the fastening bolt is now chrome-plated (as is the bolt on the Glide).

But here's the best news. We've been able to make these improvements and refinements and keep the current pricing. Here's another piece of good news. If you're still waiting to take delivery of your tail vise, you'll be receiving the V2 automatically.

We've also updated our Split-Top Roubo plans to reflect the changes to the vise. If you've ordered a Benchmaker's Package, you'll automatically get the updated plans.

The new templates have already been uploaded to the Tail Vise page. We're working on updating the instructions for the V2, but for now we've included an addendum to the instructions to explain the differences (remember, its an easier install!)

As always, we're happy to answer any questions should you have them. Contact us at


  1. Hi Jameel.

    Is there an easy way to determine if you have the v1 or v2 version? Is it as simple as looking at the handwheel for the interior finger grips?

  2. Steve, we're shipping out the first batch of v2 vises this week. So, no one has one yet.

  3. Awesome Jameel!
    The new vise looks great...I can't wait for mine to arrive!


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