Yeah, I’d suggest a metal vise that can clamp to your table.
I’ve been woodworking without a vise, and it’s the worst. Finally invested in one of these vises, and it’s made things so much easier. Still, I’m a long way from the dream of having a proper workshop, or a workbench. I can’t wait for those days. *Sigh*
My table is a cheapo as well, but it’s holding up well. As long as it’s solid wood, it should be strong enough, assuming the vise is structured well.