A curiosity

I found this today at an antique shop. it looks like a stand-alone tail vise with its own set of dog holes.

The beam is roughly 2″ x 4″ and the overall length was close to 5′

Does anyone have any ideas about what this is or what it was used for?


9 Comments Add yours

  1. davidmaydole says:

    It looks like a wooden type bar clamp. bill Pavlak just had one on his IG feed, I am sure he knows!

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    1. Awesome. I’ll see what Bill has to say.


  2. Looks kind of like the bottom half of a panel clamp. Shannon rogers (renaissance woodworker) made a couple in a recent video.

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    1. Brian Clites says:

      You and David are right. It does look more like a panel vise than a bench appliance.


  3. Brian Clites says:


    I feel like I saw one of these in a show Roy (and Chris?) did on a Milkman’s bench.

    It also looks like it could simply be a portable tail vise that could be clamped to either the top of a bench or into a face vise. Remember, British benches dominated the American landscape (alongside some German and Sweedish mongrels) until very recently. And the Brits never had tail vises. So perhaps this was a benchtop/bench side appliance.


    1. I immediately thought of clamping it to the front apron of my bench.


  4. vnwoodworks says:

    Old wooden bar clamp


    1. Bingo. It’s missing the other head.

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  5. Thomas Paul McCann says:

    Sash cramp


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