Workshop Happenings in a Novice World 6 - A Vise is a Vise is a ..........

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Blog entry by nmkidd posted 01-08-2010 09:59 PM 1042 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy New Year to All!!............during the holidays things came to a near standstill in my shop. I did manage to finish making my bench dogs…..24 of various thicknesses to be ready for any possible situation that may arise…...still need to drill holes for them animals… thanks to Timbo for sharing his thoughts and expertise on the whys and wherefores of dog hole placement…......finished up a little project for my wife’s sewing endeavors…...which now needs a slight design change ( my theory was good…just a bit off) and added some new goodies which I will review and report on at a later time.

I did treat myself to a belated Christmas gift to myself….....a bench vice!!!........ On sale at Woodworkers Supply.

the vice:

it opens to 12 inches…......the jaws are 10” x “4…...weighs in at a mere 42 lbs…......quick release with a dog

my questions of my fellow lumberjocks are….....

the recommended type of wood to be utilized for jaw faces?

how long should (or could) the faces be

what type of wood for spacer between vise plate and bench

and any other incite on dog hole placement (as Patron put it….....sometimes my light is slow to come on!!!) the way I see it…the more info I have…the better to understand and act upon.

suggestions , advice or comments will be greatly appreciated.

Adios, till the next time.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#1 posted 01-08-2010 10:53 PM

The wood you use for your vice faces is USUALLY a hardwood, like Oak, Maple, etc.. I went with Southern yellow Pine. The thought behind that is that the vice faces will be softer than the workpiece, and thus, not likely to cause any damage…

How long do you want the vice faces to be? Mine are flush with the edges of the vice itself. I have seen them 50% or more the width of the vice faces overlapped. Not my cup of tea, but a lot of guys like the extra clamping space…

The spacer between the vice and bench can be whatever. If you have scrap of whatever you made the top out of that would probably be best…

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 02:23 AM

I used hard maple. It worked nicely and like dbhost, I chose to have them flush. I have 9” Jet.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 02:36 AM

I used 3/4 oak plywood flush to the vise edges.

I used a 2×6 for the spacer, but had to plane it down to keep the top of the vise even with the bench top.

-- Joe

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 03:31 AM

i used maple lined with cork and it works fine. as for the size u can make them as long as double the size of your jaws on the vise. you have a 10” jaw so u can either make them 20” or so it’s really up to u and what your gonna hold in em. if i had that vise i would make a three inch thick jaw liner and make it from the bottom of the vise to the top of my bench. for the dog holes i would have to be in front the bench to see where they go or u can look at some old plans and figure out how to space them the same as that but on my bench. i have some if u think it will help but i need your email to send them?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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