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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 03-06-2016 01:55 AM 811 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2016 01:55 AM

The wood vise, how often do you use them, and what do you use them for?

Second question, would you purchase a bessey k body 82” or 96” parallel clamp? It is on their website, but rockler and woodcraft, as well as other online websites do not list them. I am curious as to who uses these longer ones, or if you just use pipe clamps for that length.

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#1 posted 03-06-2016 03:08 AM

I don’t. I have a number of Bessy clamps but not those nor do I have a Bessy vise.

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#2 posted 03-06-2016 05:53 PM

It doesnt have to be a bessey vise, I am just curious if people use the vise, and what they use them for? I see them sell at auctions, but not sure if I have really any need for one, or how often they are needed.

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#3 posted 03-06-2016 06:00 PM

Primarily when hand planing. They see occasional use for other stuff, even non ww. For hand cut joints a moxon vise is a better choice it raises the work up.

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#4 posted 03-06-2016 06:11 PM

I use my vises all the time, almost always with hand tools. About the only power tool I’ve used with the vise (that i can think of at the moment) is the drill, I do clamp pieces down to drill holes on occasion. The longest Bessey I have is 60”, though I do have a few pipe clamps that are 6’ long. I can’t remember a time I needed an 80” or 96” clamp…and I’ll bet swinging those suckers around will make the beer taste extra good later in the day.

PS, just remembered, I’ve clamped pieces to cut with a jig saw in the vise as well.

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#5 posted 03-06-2016 06:39 PM

I have a big machinist vise but it’s on the other table in the back of the shop.


The woodworking vise I have is a Wilton that I carted around new in the box for over 22 years before finally mounting it. Now I use it ALL THE TIME !
It holds things I want to drill, sand, grind, cut and even as a clamping devise for small glue-ups. Don’t know why I waited so long to use it, but I cant see being without it now …


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#6 posted 03-06-2016 06:57 PM

I use my bench vise nearly every day.
Can’t imagine ever needing an expensive clamp that length. Pipe clamps work just fine for me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 03-06-2016 07:13 PM

Record 53-E, 15 inch opening with quick release, use it all the time at the workbench.

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#8 posted 03-06-2016 07:40 PM

A vise of some sort is the most used tool in my shop. There aren’t many operations hand tool wise that aren’t performed in conjunction with one of some sort.

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#9 posted 03-06-2016 08:26 PM

Had this vise sitting on a shelf in my shop for a long time, finally built a bench mounted it and now use it all the time.

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#10 posted 03-10-2016 12:40 AM

Use my ww vise(s) all the time. I wouldn’t build a new workbench intended for ANY woodworking other than possibly timber framing or whittling that didn’t have a vise, and it would be a vise designed for woodworking. Yes, a Machinists Vise like the droolworthy Snap-On (aka Wilton bullet) posted by JoeinGa is a good vise (ok, a great vise), but it’s designed for machinists/mechanics, not for woodworking. It can certainly do some of what a woodworker needs, but not as well as a proper WW vise.

As far as the super long Bessey clamps, no, I don’t have any. Given how rarely I expect to need something like that, I’d probably use pipe clamps. I already have 4 7’ and 4 3’ pipe clamps, so for merely the cost of new pipe I could put 8 10’ clamps into service if I needed them. I HAVE used my 7’ clamps before at near full length, but ‘tis rare.

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#11 posted 03-10-2016 02:40 AM

I’ll agree with what many others have said. I use my vises all the time.
I think it is best to have a flat face on the side of the bench and embed the back jaw into the bench, flush with the bench side and just a whisker lower than the bench top. I can drop dogs into the top of the moving face and into holes on the bench to clamp anything in between. Remoe the dogs and nothing is in the way of the bench top’s surface. I happen to have a couple of Groz vises; one on the front of my bench and one on the end, but they look very similar to the ones others have posted. I’d just as soon try to work with out thumbs as to work without my bench and vises.

For the long clamps, I just use pipe clamps for anything over 50”

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