I built this vice extension in preparation for a large camp knife that I will begin making soon. The knife will be mostly hand-made, including lots of filing, which requires a lot of close visual inspection. This is difficult to do while mounted in a vice that is too low.
My primary vices are mounted at waist height, which is good for general work but uncomfortable when something has to be closely and frequently inspected. The extension brings this small vice closer to my eyes making the work much easier.
I took this vice from my grandfather’s garage after he passed away. For my entire childhood it was mounted to the corner of his dirty, oil-soaked work bench. I had always thought the vice was brown, but once I began to refurbish it, I found its original color. I think its a lovely shade.