I have been working on my first dedicated “woodworking” bench and I have been trying to decide what work holding methods I need/want. I don’t have a lot of money to spend so I bought a cheap press clamp to build a carriage vise into the bench. Has anyone here messed with creating bench vises with pipe clamps or F clamps? I have seen a few examples around the web but I just cant help wonder if they would be more trouble than an entry level face vise (like Pony or Woodcraft). I know I should just save up and get a Lee Valley but my budget can barely handle finishing my bench as it is. Any input will be much appreciated.
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