Best way to attach leather to a vise chop?

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Mainiac Matt

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05-01-2017 02:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: leather workbench chop padded

I’ve undertaken a workbench upgrade to replace my cheesy end vise (that’s not really and end vise) with one of these puppies….

using 20” x 7” x 2” hard maple for the end block and the chop. I have leather to face these blocks with, but am unsure what to use to laminate it to the maple.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#1 posted 05-01-2017 02:18 PM

Contact cement is probably your best bet.

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#2 posted 05-01-2017 02:20 PM

I used cork instead of leather on my vise and contact cement worked well. I’ve also used contact cement to glue leather to MDF for a honing strop and that worked well. So, I would think contact cement would do fine for adhering leather to hardwood.

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#3 posted 05-01-2017 02:35 PM

Contact cement or 3M spray adhesive.

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#4 posted 05-01-2017 03:18 PM

+4 for contact cement.

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#5 posted 05-01-2017 03:19 PM

I used wood glue.

I don’t like cork it breaks apart to easily.

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#6 posted 05-01-2017 03:20 PM

I used carpet tape. Been on a year plus with no issues.

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#7 posted 05-01-2017 03:56 PM

3m Super 77 works great, just make sure to follow the directions. You really do want to spray from 8 inches away, don’t use too much, and give the surfaces a coupla minutes to tack up before mating them.

I have leather in my face vise, but if you’re considering alternatives, I just re-did my end vise with Crubber, the stuff Benchcrafted is using now to line their vises. So far, two thumbs up, but it’s only been about 6 months.

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#8 posted 05-01-2017 04:58 PM

Interesting…. where did you get the Crubber?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 05-01-2017 05:04 PM

Interesting…. where did you get the Crubber?

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Google search turned up this:

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#10 posted 05-01-2017 05:23 PM

OOOh…. I found the rubber-cork blend on McMaster-Carr.

How thick is the Crubber? and is it super flexible, or somewhat stiff?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#11 posted 05-05-2017 08:55 PM

Leather workers use contact cement on their projects. They seem to mostly prefer either the Barge or Weldwood brands.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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