Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
Woodnthings,just got Tom Turpin"s excellent treatise,"Custom Rifles:Mastery of Wood & Metal".....The David Miller rifle co.
They in fact DO use traditional metal/machinist vises for their stock work.These are $20K + rifles so they have a vested interest,haha.They simply use appropriate wooden,"inserts" that straddle the lower,main beam,cvring the jaws.No big news there,we've been doing the same thing here for...well,ever.
What is the most interesting part of their stock working vise setup is;Attached solidly and more/less flush on the main benches height,they use a thick steel base to mount the vise.But,this steel plate extends out from the edge or frontal plane of the bench.Imagine having your vise mounted to a column base,now shove that over 'till it touches the edge of your workbench.......their steel plate has no column,instead is an extension from the top.
Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it.