Shop Trick - Self-adjusting Vise Anti-racking Block from Fine Woodworking Magazine

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Project by ChuckM posted 07-29-2013 04:33 PM 3863 views 15 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the latest issue of Methods of Work, FWM, Chris Gochnour showed his use of a wedge to keep the vise from racking when clamping a stock on one side of the vise. Very clever shop trick.

The wedge can be made with any scrap with power tools (a 5- to 10- minute job) or hand tools (a 15-minute+ job). You can nail or glue the top piece to the wedge; I cut a tapered wedge (friction fit) so it can be replaced if necessary.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 08:45 PM

Good stuff, I’m adding this to my list of things to make and use!

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 11:30 PM

Good Idea

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 12:56 AM


You’ll really get a lot of use from this devise, comes in very handy. I’ve been using something similar, just a wedge without the holding portion or top piece. Be careful though, on my vise I’ve split the back of the vise from too much torque.

-- "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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#4 posted 07-30-2013 03:05 AM

Oldtool – Good point about not putting excessive force on the vise…that’s why I used scrap poplar (a “soft” hardwood) as the wedge.


-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 01:31 PM

I think you posted this to show off your beautiful tools!!!

Thanks! I know where this month’s SS check is going.

-- jstegall

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