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Post Vise Height?

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Old 12-26-2015, 02:25:53 AM
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Default Post Vise Height?

what hight should are post vise be. the same height of are anvil. and should we have more than one vise and more than one anvil in are working shop close to the forge? whay say the people that are a real working blacksmith. it looks like the men i see working in a blacksmith shop the post vise is tall?
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Old 12-26-2015, 12:59:40 PM
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Default Re: post vise height?

What are you going to mainly use the vise for? If filing, I like it to just below elbow height. If you are going to do use it for hot forge work like carving wizards or animal heads you might want it a little higher. I have 2 post vises. One on the bench for filing and another mounted on a utility pole set in the ground so that I can walk all around it which nice when using a bending fork or if you want to make a coil or spiral.

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Old 12-26-2015, 10:18:19 PM
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Default Re: post vise height?

i dont have a blacksmith shop, but i did loan my big forge to the camp crooked creek scout reservation on a permanent bases.

it was quickly discovered that many anvils and vises were needed. as the first guy noted, heights are varied according to what is being done. anvils would be similar.

they use railroad spikes and make knives and tomahawks. go with local railroad yard, and now they have an endless supply.

set up your shop as works best for you.
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Default Re: post vise height?

as mentioned earlier, think of how you will use it - if for filing, elbow height is the choice. In all of the working shops I've been in, there were several vises at several heights to fit the need. Vises at the bench are at elbow height, vises near the forge were lower to allow for hammering, and for cold work were kind of in between. Think of how you want to use it, and go from there.
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Default Re: post vise height?

thanks for the reply's. i just thought i would ask and i have many needs because i work on many things. i just was thinking a bought the long term damage to the body. but if you are just reading this. it what you most work on,as of a set height of a vise .proly best to have many vises. at different heights , i do. but i had not seen a post that asked the question. now there is one.thanks to the everyone that added a reply Dencie
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Old 08-28-2016, 10:18:55 AM
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Default Re: post vise height?

I really haven't given much thought to the height of a post vise since they come with a post that usually gets set in the floor. That determines the height of the working surface in most cases.
I suppose you could cut the post off if you wanted to mount it lower than normal, but I'd have a hard time mentally with doing that.

Here's how we usually mount them:

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Old 12-29-2017, 03:21:44 PM
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Why not build a variable/adjustable post vice stand? I have a little post vice, to carry to meets etc... sits on a tripod stand, where there are chains between the feet to hold and adjust the working height. Folds up to stow in car. Created out of some angle, used ball bearings for feet, etc. nifty rig. Works great for basic stuff, twists, weaves, shaping, etc. let me know if you want pics... Iíll go set it up and snap some.
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Default Re: Post Vise Height?

thanks i got it done.just more vises different heights.
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