I have a small shed with a concrete foundation. I need a vice in the shed, but there's no room for a big, heavy workbench to keep it in place. I can't bolt it to the wall of the shed, because it's flimsy wood and will not withstand the force I'll need to apply to stuff.

So, what I want is a vice atop to a solid metal post, about 3 foot high, with big, strong bolts so I can drill into the foundation and secure it. Do I have to make this myself or does it exist to be bought?

  • If you want it on your wall, you could attach a piece of wood across two studs.
    – mbeckish
    Oct 20, 2017 at 14:56
  • You want a metal vice? There are freestanding woodworking vices like this...
    – JPhi1618
    Oct 20, 2017 at 19:01

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There are stands that can be purchased off the shelf. A heavy duty grinder stand would work those are easy to find online an come in different strengths , I used some square tube steel for my large vice , purchased from a metal scrap yard at a big savings compared to purchasing a premade one or new steel cut to length.

  • +1, any industrial tool supply place will have them, some as low as like $100. Oct 20, 2017 at 14:52
  • Yep. Square tubing and appropriate angle iron, all bolted together nice and neat, would do just fine. I've managed to avoid learning to weld for 30 years by doing such things.
    – isherwood
    Oct 20, 2017 at 15:47

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