Vises - leather lining or not?

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Forum topic by fotbr posted 02-20-2010 06:12 AM 1505 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2010 06:12 AM

I’ve seen some workbenches where the vise jaws are lined/padded with a thick leather, but most I’ve seen are just plain maple/ash/oak/whatever.

So, why put leather on your vise jaws, or why not?

If you do put leather on, where do you get it, how do you attach it, and are there problems with the oils from the leather staining your work?

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#1 posted 12-13-2010 06:24 AM

This is a very old post, but it is an interesting question,

I would think that leather wouldn’t really add anything to the vise but it may trap debris that could be squeezed into the next piece of wood. I suppose if you already had a finished surface and made sure the leather was clean it might be a good way not to scratch the surface… but then why would you be clamping a finished piece?

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#2 posted 12-13-2010 07:08 AM


I’ve used cork-lined jaws for building and repairing guitars where I usually
hold the instrument by the neck, face up, in a vise with tapered jaws, but for most cabinet and furniture work the soft surface of leather or
cork would, I think, create more problems than it solves.

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