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Forum topic by Thomas Keefe posted 02-11-2010 12:46 AM 3275 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thomas Keefe

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02-11-2010 12:46 AM

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When I first built my workbench, I installed an engineer’s bench vise on it. Later, I added wooden
jaw protectors. About six months ago I bought an INEXPENSIVE 7” woodworking vise. The size is
about right, but it racks terribly. I have used more expensive woodworking vises that do not rack
nearly as much as this one does.

I am willing to spend more money and get a good woodworking vise. Before I do, I want to better
understand what causes racking so that the next one I purchase doesn’t have the same problem.
I would appreciate any help you can provide in understanding this. Thanks.


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#1 posted 02-11-2010 12:48 AM

Cheap vises LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 02:04 AM

what causes racking is when u put something in one side of the vise and tighten it the vise jaws on the other side that has nothing in it tightens more than the side with something in it. or u get racking when the vise is twisted and the jaws don’t line up. you might want to look into a vise from , , or all those places have good, better, best vises and the good ones are supposed to be the cheap ones but work very well. also has them too.

the one i have is from rockler and it cost about $60-$70 and is the 9-10” jaw width and opens about 12-13” and has a built in dog for holding wood.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 03:20 AM

Hi Ike. Thanks for your reply. What kind of vise do you have? That price range seems pretty good. I have
heard that a large diameter screw and bars helps to reduce racking. What diameter screw and bars are on your vise? Thanks.


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