422 Veritas Surface Vise

March 29, 20108 Comments

There are a lot of workbench accessories on the market, but typically they’re either something that needs to be built as part of the workbench top and are nearly permanent components or they’re small useful items, but don’t have much versatility to them.

A newer accessory that hit the market in the past year is the Veritas Surface Vise. It’s a great tool that adds a ton of versatility and options to my less than adequate bench. The basic tool right out of the box worked amazing, and because it’s removable head is designed to have shop made accessories attached…if necessary…the options for it’s use increases dramatically.

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  1. swirt says:

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for the great review. Since you’ve been using this for a while, can you describe whether you think this is a better choice than 2 Veritas Wonderdogs?

    I use the Wonderdogs all the time and think they are great. I keep looking at the surface vice and think it looks great … but I can’t seem to wrap my head around why the two points of contact (the two dog holes) would be better than just the one.


    • Matt says:

      Hi Steve,

      To be honest, after looking at the wonderdogs I can’t imagine them not being as versatile as the surface vise. I think the only thing the surface vise has on them is the quick release action, but other than that I think they both get my vote as awesome bench accessories!

      • swirt says:

        Thanks Matt. I think you are right. The one part that made me a little envious was the speed of the quick release, that seems pretty handy. I also like the removable face plate. As you said, that could be very handy.

        • Matt says:

          I’ll have to get some of the others just to try them out. The quick release is such a great feature. I’ve never had it slip, except when I hit on accident lol.

  2. Jeff says:

    Hi Matt,

    I think this is a pretty cool tool. (Nice review by the way) Do you have any idea what the minimum bench-top thickness might be. My workbench has just a 3/4 plywood top. Do you think the stress of the clamping might be too much for this bench?



    • Matt says:

      Hi Jeff,

      according to the specs Veritas recommends the vise be used in material no less than 1″ thick depending on it’s strength.

      Honestly I think a plywood top at 3/4″ would probably be able to withstand the pressures exerted by the vise. With the two posts it has, the pressure is relatively well dispersed, unless of course you’re really cranking down on it. But in that case I’d be more worried about the piece being clamped than the workbench.

      Hope this helps. Thanks for checking out the show.

  3. Jeff says:

    HI Matt, You were right.

    Thanks to your review (and your additional personal comments) I got one. I love it. My humble tool bench now has far, far more utility.

    Thanks again for your help.


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