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Sturdy guide rods keep the clamp faces neatly parallel, while the quick-release feature lets you slide the vise all the way open with an easy 1/4 turn.

Rockler 12'' Quick Release End Vise

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This heavy-duty, easy-to-install steel vise will be the workhorse of your custom workbench! Machined pivoting nut engages or releases with a 1/4 turn of the 1" dia. main screw so you can easily re-position your workpiece. Extra-wide 12" O.C. guide rods provide maximum resistance to racking, while extra-wide 17-1/2" handle plate delivers maximum stability to handle any project.

  • New 12" on-center guide rods for mounting on the end of a bench.
  • Also can be used as a front vise.
  • Handle plate is drilled out and countersunk for easy attachment of wooden jaws (not included) with #12 wood screws.
  • 13" overall travel before wooden jaws are added.
  • Includes hardwood handle.
  • Easy to install with included instructions.
  • Mounting hardware not included.
  • There is an additional $10.00 shipping charge for this item.
(1) Rockler 12'' Quick Release End Vise
More Information
Brand Rockler
Manufacturer Part Number No
Weight 36.5500
Tech Spec
  • 1" dia. guide rods.
  • Vise plate mounts to bench with 1/4" lag bolts.
  • 19" screw and body length.
Tech Docs
Jaw Opening 13"
Jaw Width 19"
Style End Vise
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Rockler 12'' Quick Release End Vise
Great end vise, easy installation. Just watch the video and follow instructions. Works just great.
August 20, 2018
3 months ago
Rock solid vise.
This is really an excellent and well built vise. Easy to install and is rock solid. I am very happy with it.
April 14, 2018
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Expensive but worth it.
April 11, 2018
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
12 inch end vise
I don't have much to say beyond it is sturdy, works smoothly, and the release works easily. It is a good vise.
February 21, 2018
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very well made
Bought this for a new workbench I made out of hard maple. The vise is very sturdy, fairly easy to install, and is STRONG. I expect it will last for generations, just like the bench!
July 24, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rockler 12" vice installed on door bench top
Installation was easy and quick. My bench top is made from a sold core door.

I used 24" lengths of poplar for vice face. It grips well and is soft enough to not mar most other wood species. I was surprised at how much clamping pressure could be achieved with relatively low handle effort.
The quick release also works well once I got the hang of it. I added bench dog holes in the bench top as well as vice face for working longer pieces and it works well for that too.
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Added Jun 25, 2017
June 25, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good Vise
The vise is well built and functions well after installation. After reading the instructions on the back of the box, I had to figure the correct installation method given my workshop tools. It was not intuitive.
May 25, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
great vice
It has been a great vice. The quick release part can be tricky to deal with. The vice opens sufficiently wide enough and accommodates the vice pads.
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End Vice
May 1, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great woodworkers vise
I built a new workbench and wanted a vise equal to my bench quality. This vise fit the bill.
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Added Apr 22, 2017
April 22, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent design!
As mentioned, instructions and templates with diagrams would have been handy. Even some simple color coding of the threaded device would have been great. I installed mine as it came out of the box and discovered it was put together backwards from the factory.
I had to lay on my automotive creeper under my table to figure things out. I was sporting a mild bruise on my chin for a few days after that heavy chunk of threaded iron came loose and landed on my face!
April 17, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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These are great and i need one for my bench.
James K on Dec 26, 2017
Wanted a wide front vice. I am concerned about the comments on the quick release with no slow release option, but no time to search more.
John R on Dec 8, 2017
These are great and i need one for my bench.
James K on Dec 26, 2017
Upgrade from my old Record steel vise
John D on Dec 16, 2017
Wanted a wide front vice. I am concerned about the comments on the quick release with no slow release option, but no time to search more.
John R on Dec 8, 2017
As a woodcarver, I work with large, heavy pieces of wood and need a vice that is strong enough to handle the weight and forces being applied.
Douglas S on Jul 30, 2017
Our wood shop needed a new wood vise and we chose Rocklers (Item #37180)
Paul S. A on May 26, 2017
Stumpy Nubs recommended.
Dennis the Broker on May 9, 2017
for new work bench
barb r on Feb 25, 2017
Love my end vise. Extremely well made. Very heavy.
Herb H on Feb 10, 2017
Seemed to be the highest quality available at a mid-grade price point. Other than people not reading or finding install instructions...sounds like a really solid vise! It should match my bench perfectly. Install can't be that difficult...
Jodi C on Dec 12, 2016
strong and solid
Subrata J G on Nov 8, 2016
Best Value. I did not want my vise to cost more than the rest of my bench!
Robert N on Sep 13, 2016
A necessity for the woodworking I do.
Walter M on Aug 18, 2016
Reviews and needed.
Greg on Jul 17, 2016
Custom workbench accessory
HOWARD P on Jul 13, 2016
I need this end vise for the woodworking bench I'm building.
Billy C on Apr 19, 2016
I chose this vise for 2 reasons. First, the size and it being the lowest cost of this size with a quick release. Second was that I received an offer for free shipping on items over $35. HOWEVER, I was still charged $10 for S&H, which is the same as the shipping cost for the same item from Rockler through Amazon, without the promotion code. To further confuse the situation, Amazon charged $2 more for sales tax, so I paid the $10 S&H and bought it from Rockler directly.
Matthew P P on Mar 19, 2016
reviews that were on the website were helpful and it seems a good value for the money.
Tate W. N on Feb 27, 2016
For my first woodworking bench.
Bernard L on Feb 21, 2016
hopefully to add to my enjoyment of woodworking at the bench and the past positive results with Rockler products.
gerald h on Dec 30, 2015
I needed for a workbench
Manuel M on Dec 4, 2015
Haven't used this item yet, still building my workbench.
William C on Nov 26, 2015
I'm wanting a vice for the end of my workbench.
Paul K on Nov 24, 2015
A must for every one that has a work table.
Randy F on Oct 31, 2015
needed a good vice for my new work table, and so far I love the job it does.
CURTIS S on Oct 26, 2015
I built my workbench 20+ years ago. It's about time I installed a quality vise since my bench is very likely to last another 20+ years.
Lon H on Oct 24, 2015
Ronald H on Oct 22, 2015
Heavy duty looks like good quality
Robert H on Aug 15, 2015
I wanted a reliable vice that was within my budget..
Jesse Y on Jul 4, 2015
Was used on a sample workbench.
Roy B on Jun 25, 2015
Recommended for work bench build
Michele E on Jun 13, 2015
Just what I needed on my workbench. Plenty strong and easy to install and use.
Larry K on Apr 29, 2015
could not find it locally in Anchorage, AK
Philip M on Apr 21, 2015
Purchased for my workbench.
Thomas S on Apr 19, 2015
I have two vices on my bench. This one is for wider items like making doors.
Dave E on Apr 14, 2015
Size and quality
Glynn M on Apr 12, 2015
had need for vise this size
Charlie on Apr 11, 2015
Upgrade from my old Record steel vise
John D on Dec 16, 2017
As a woodcarver, I work with large, heavy pieces of wood and need a vice that is strong enough to handle the weight and forces being applied.
Douglas S on Jul 30, 2017
I bought the 12 inch end vise there where no instructions is the a video or can can you email them to me
Samgej on Mar 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Please send me the instructions how to install quick release vise, mime is the end work bench.vice , I believe 12inch
Is there a diagram for the quick release open threaded nut instilation
Samgej on Mar 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is one - but it is not very clear. I installed mine wrong and the quick release did not work. I had to redo the install.
How much room do you need under the workbench to accommodate the vise? I have 13" of overhang to work with.
Barbara on Jun 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have mine mounted to a 1 1/2" face board. You will need 16" from the back of the board to mount it.
I'm deciding between this one and the Sjobergs Smart Vise with Jaw Cushions. They seem similar. What do I get for paying $20 more for this one than the Sjobergs ? Thanks.
A shopper on Jul 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Rockler vise has large metal casting stretcher components which make up the anti racking brackets and mounting base. Sjobergs Smart vise has wood. Not sure if this improves function or not because I only have the one but in theory should help with racking. I also integrated the Rockler vise into a workbench with a 3" thick maple top. So I needed to have the vise components only and make my own jaws rather than have an integrated unit like the Sjobergs Smart Vise. With this vise integrated into my workbench it will be something I know can be handed down to my grand children 50 years from now which was the most important purchasing decision. My grandfather and father always taught me to buy tools you know you would only have to purchase once and you will never regret it.
How much racking do you get with this vise? Can it be installed on a three inch thick bench top? Thanks.
JOE Z on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: With a small wood block centered over the left guide rod, and the vise tightened snuggly, the right side of the vise is only 1/16" closer to the bench. The guide rods are 12" apart and do a good job of keeping the movable part of the vise in alignment with the bench.

The vise base bolts to the underside of your bench. I use two 3/4" sheets of plywood for my bench top and the vise attaches easily to them. I use a 2x6 apron around the bench, but that has no affect on the vise mounting. It only provides more depth for the wood vise face.
where can i get the manual/instructions that comes with this product?
Gail B on Dec 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is a new youtube video. Search: Woodworkers Journal Mounting a Workbench Vise.
Is there any reason you can't mount this on the front of a bench?
SD1950 on Jan 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I did mount this on the front of my bench, and it works fine. However, the legs got in the way, and I could not mount the vise such that the end of the vise was at the end of the bench. Not a big deal, but it does make crosscut sawing an occasional problem.
Does it really weigh 40 lb?
Karl C on Jan 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, or very close to that weight. What you don't see in the picture is the heavy cast iron cradle holding the screw and guide shafts. There's also a directional pin to help with the quick release mechanism. It is a very robust vise and needs a reasonably thick table. I used two thicknesses of 3/4" plywood for the table top.
Is there an ideal bench top thickness for the 12 inch End vise? Would a 3 inch top be suitable? What would be a reasonable range for a top should I reconsider the 3 inch top?
Gary F on Jan 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I mounted mine to the end of a 4" thick bench. It works just fine but does require wider material for the jaws.
My bench top is 5 1/4" thick. I plan on buying the Rockler end vise. I excavated the underside area needed to mount the vise to 3" to prevent racking. I understand that I need 16" depth to handle the rods and screw but I don't know the width needed to provide clearance for the mounting carriage. Would 10" take care of it? Thanks!
Donald A on Jul 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 3" is plenty of clearance underside and 16" is also good enough for the rod lengths. However you'll need at least 12" spread to clear the mounting carriage on the sides.. I also have a 5.25" roubo style bench. I used 1" hard maple for the jaws and this vise is highly secure and very sturdy. I actually purchased the vise first and then cut it out as needed. I am a little over 2" excavation and that gave me enough clearance to prevent binding but that's cutting it pretty close. This is a great end vise for me and I don't think you can get much better operation out of an end vise than this.
Dose the 12" bench vise come with mounting instructions?
Don T on Feb 5, 2016
Does anyone have a picture of the quick-release nut as installed? I disassembled the unit without taking note of it's installation orientation. I have my vise installed now, but am still not sure if I have the quick release nut properly installed.
Mike T on Jan 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: As you stand in front of the vise, the larger half of the pivoting nut (with the hole that accepts the screw) has its tab (looks like a thumb) facing to your right.
I have 32 inches of space at the end of my workbench. Where should I position this new vise? In the middle or at one end?
Barbara on Jul 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I mounted mine in same way as shown in catalog. I installed two boards the same width as my table top. This allows for installing vice dogs to align with table's dog holes.
Where is this vise made?
A shopper on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The box says "Made in Taiwan". There are no markings on the vise itself.
What length carrage bolts are recommended for this weight. I have 3 3/4 top?
john s on Sep 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I can't recall what length I actually used, but my top is only 1 1/2" so they could not have been longer than that. I could be wrong but it certainly gives no indication that it is going anywhere. Keep in mind that all of the force from clamping will be lateral.
What is the minimum overhang you need to mount the vise plate? I read on amazon someone posted 4 11/16 but I wanted to verify as I will be starting a bench before I purchase his vise. BTW - I'm not looking for the space needed including the guide rods, just the width needed to mount the vise plate.
Brent D on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: you need 9 3/8" minimum. better to plan for 9 1/2" wide.
What is the total depth of this vise ie. From top of mounting plate to lowest point of the vise?
Tony Y on Apr 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: From the mounting plate to the bottom of the vise (the quick release mechanism) it is 2-1/2" thick.
Do you ship to Canada?
Les F on Jun 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We do not have any locations outside the U.S. however you would be able to order on our website www.rockler.com

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What size are the wood facing?
Also 1/4 lug nuts does not appear to be correct.
What should I use?
Richard H on Dec 31, 2017
My Rockler vine no longer will lock tight after some years of use. Do I need to replace the locking brake?
Donald L on Sep 1, 2017
I am going to build a 4x4work bench and what kind of wooden vise do I need?
Don R on Jul 24, 2017