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Twin screw vise #8: Cork jaw liner

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 06-24-2018 02:20 PM 679 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This morning I finally got the cork shelf liner installed in the vise, so I guess it’s officially done now.

-- Dave - Minneapolis



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ralbuck

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#1 posted 06-24-2018 05:02 PM

That should protect the wood well.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 06-24-2018 05:37 PM

Looks like a nice vise, you’ll have to report how well it works & your thoughts after using it. I am wondering if clamped boards will shift much due any give in the cork. Let us know.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 06-24-2018 07:27 PM

I’ve been using it without the cork for months. It holds quite well, and with 23” between the screws, it will hold just about anything I need held.

The only complaint I’ve had is that sometimes small things would slide within the oak jaws, so I think the shelf-liner will probably do the job nicely. Held a piece of birch that’s going to be my chisel till very well this morning (I need to rip, resaw, and crosscut the birch to dimension it properly).

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 06-24-2018 08:18 PM

Nice Dave!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#5 posted 06-24-2018 09:08 PM

Dave, I am finding that the cork is not so durable :-) After a year or two the adhesive begins to fail, the cork moves and gets creased then disintegrates. I’m switching over to some sort of leather this year.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 06-24-2018 09:13 PM

Thanks, Duck.

Kevin, I’ve heard that, but figured worst case, I can peel it off and sand any residue off the oak. I’ve also got some crubber from benchcrafted on another vise, so that’ll be my control group. But the cork shelf liner was about 1/3 the price of the crubber, so if it lasts more than a third as long…

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 06-25-2018 02:38 AM

Yea, cost was my driver as well.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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hairy

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#8 posted 06-25-2018 12:25 PM

When it comes time to replace, you might want to cut slots in your soft jaws, instead of holes. You have to partly disassemble to change with holes. With slots, they lift out. Glue the cork onto a thin sheet of plywood instead of the vice. Just a thought…

-- My reality check bounced...

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#9 posted 06-25-2018 02:47 PM

That’s a good idea. I have no protection on mine. Does it grip it good?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 06-25-2018 02:54 PM

Hairy, I thought about slots, but decided that winding the screws all the way out once in a while would give me an excuse to clean and lubricate the screws every few years, so it wasn’t a big deal.

Dave, it definitely makes the grip more secure on small items. If I’m planing a small box side, without the cork, it would move a little in the oak. Some people suggest pine or poplar for jaws for that reason. The cork compresses and kept the piece of birch I was ripping yesterday from moving around. I think it’ll make me less likely to ding up the surfaces too, but we’ll have to see how good I am at keeping the jaws clean.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 06-25-2018 08:03 PM

Thanks Dave. I used pine on two of my small vise but have Rosewood on the big one. On occasion I may see a mark in ther if I make it too tight. The cork could be my solution.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 06-25-2018 11:45 PM

Yeah. My only concern with the cork shelf liner is that I have gotten stuff pressed into it in the past (in the kitchen) so I worry a little about getting a piece of brass or something embedded in it and then scratching up wood that I want to keep pretty. We’ll see, I guess.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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