I make a custom tail vise for the Moravian workbench. The reason I have not written about them, I have had a back-log of orders to work thru the past two years. These are a kind of spare time project for me and there has not been enough spare time! The batch of 25 I am working on now should finally get me caught up.
The reason I made my own was at the time I built the first bench there were not many good options for a tail vise with only 12 inches of overhang. The design worked better than even I expected it would. The vise has evolved since, the ones I make now are faster, smoother, stronger and can be used in a push or pull situation. The best thing about these vises is they can be installed in a couple of hours without much fuss. These can also be used on any type of workbench, not just the Moravian style.
The heart of the vise is a premium American made acme lead screw and nut. The bearings and hand wheel are imported pieces. The machining is handled by a local shop, the welding and assembly are done by me.
After this batch is complete and shipped I am planning on going ahead with another that would be available mid to late February. If you are interested in one the cost is $170 plus shipping. These are made for left or right specific applications and two different tube lengths to accommodate top thickness of 1 1/2″- 6″. The vise requires a minimum of 12″ overhang. The vise uses 3/4″ diameter dogs.
Here are the installation instructions: moravian tail vise install 1
If you are interested in purchasing a tail vise, drop me a line via the contact page with the following info: Name and address, top thickness and left or right hand mounting.