Last Updated on 2020-11-07 by Harry Masterton
Why the Sjobergs Portable Smart Vise is a must have in your small woodworking shop.
When you need some way, sometimes anyway of holding and clamping a smaller job or project to drill saw or maybe sand, you’re not always close to your woodworking shop bench.
And that can be frustrating. I know, it happens all the time around my house!
Or maybe you’re in the middle of a remodeling project and you just need to hold a piece of lumber, a pipe or maybe a piece of siding securely
You’re faced very often with the choice of running to the shop, maybe unfolding your portable workbench or scratching your head and trying to make do which invariably leads to mistakes.
And that’s where the Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise comes to the rescue.
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- 1 Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise Review – Why It's So Good
Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise Review – Why It's So Good
Small and comparatively lightweight at 14lb’s 12oz and with a tough laminated birch worktop measuring just over 12” by 14 ½” the Sjobergs Smart Vise is ideal for those quick jobs where you don’t need a full bench or portable worktable.
Simply clamp to any available flat surface, providing its stable of course and you’re ready to start working.
The Sjobergs Portable Smart Vise has a vise capacity of just over 4” and comes complete with 4 unbreakable bench dogs to hold wider lumber or material you want to work with.
When your all finished the Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise just goes right back into the handy storage box with carry handle.
If you’re around the home the Smart vise can be clamped to a kitchen worktop, sturdy table (making sure the surface is adequately protected of course if you’re using the dining room table!)
If you do have a portable work bench or portable worktable like the Keter or Worx Pegasus then you can add extra flexibility and accuracy to your work while you are away from the woodworking shop by clamping your Smart Vise to your Keter Folding Work Bench, Black+Decker Workmate or Worx WX051 Pegasus.
To give yourself portability with your Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise use clamps. A couple of 4” C Clamps will generally be adequate unless you’re clamping to a thicker surface.
For a more permanent solution you can screw the Sjobergs Smart Vise to a fixed surface or use dowels.
Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise Review – Small Space King
Where the Sjobergs Portable Smart Vise really comes into its own is as a vise and mini woodworking bench in a small woodworking shop or if you are planning on setting up a small woodworking shop.
For a home workshop in the basement, garage or even a corner of the kitchen the smart vise is an ideal solution. Particularly when you have to clear of before your wife (or husband!) wants to get into the kitchen, laundry or get his/her car out!
If you are working in a small woodworking shop then you’re projects are likely to be small or maybe your passion is woodcarving? If that’s your thing then the Sjobergs Portable Smart Vise will be an ideal companion.
Ideally suited to fixing semi permanently to a half width bench top that folds down from the wall or a small woodworking bench that rolls out from a storage space tucked away at the back of the garage or utility room.
Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise Review – Assembly
When you first receive your smart vise it will need assembling. Everything you need is in the carry box. The parts come out of the box in the order that they are assembled so take care not to get things mixed up. The whole process only takes about 15 minutes.
The wood glue required to fix the inner jaw to the top piece is supplied as are the pegs and large and small screws to complete the Sjobergs Portable Smart Vise and you’re up and running.
Sjobergs Smart Workstation Pro Vs Smart Vise
In this Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise Review we’ve illustrated the benefits and advantages of the smart vise. So how does the Sjobergs Portable Smart Vise compare to the Sjobergs Smart Workstation Pro?
The Sjobergs Smart Workstation Pro differs from the Sjobergs Portable Smart Vise in a number of significant ways.
Sjobergs Smart Workstation Pro Vs Smart Vise
- Size: The Smart Workstation Pro is larger than the Portable Smart Vise at 20 7/8” x 14 3/8” giving you a larger work surface.
- Weight: The Smart Workstation Pro is also substantially heavier then the Portable Smart Vise by just over 30% at 22.4 lbs. Whilst that will affect its overall ‘portability’ it does make the Smart Workstation Pro a sturdier and more stable woodworking vise.
- Materials: Whilst the Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise is well made there are some trade offs. The top is heavy duty MDF with a beach laminate. The The Sjobergs 66690K Smart Workstation Pro on the other hand has a solid hard wearing European Beech Top.
- Accessories: The Smart Workstation Pro comes complete with the Sjobergs Elite Jaw Cushions which are made from rubberized cork for extra protection of your work piece. Also included are 4 x ¾” glass filled Sjobergs bench dogs.
Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise Review – A Gripping Conclusion?
Axel Sjoberg started making furniture in the upstairs room of his house in the early 1900’s. The very first Sjobergs workbench, designed as a premium woodworking bench for woodworkers both at home and in commercial woodworking shops was launched by Axel Sjoberg. The company is still run by descendants of Axel Sjoberg.
As the largest supplier of high quality woodworking benches, storage cabinets and specialized crafting tables in Sweden they are well experienced in the manufacture of the very highest quality woodworking shop benches and portable vises
If you’re looking for a versatile portable vise either to compliment your portable worktable or as your main vise in a small woodworking shop then the Sjobergs Sjo-33274 Portable Smart Vise comes highly recommended.
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