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Forum topic by Brett posted 829 days ago 1070 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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829 days ago

I bought a 10/4 board of soft maple recently with the intent of using it to make a leg vise for my Roubo-style workbench.

Here’s a picture of a leg vise:

I know that hard maple might have been preferable, but I’m wondering if anyone has had bad experiences using soft maple to make jigs for use around the shop. Any comments? Any reason not to use soft maple in a leg vise?

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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Martyroc

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#1 posted 829 days ago

I have never had a problem,some of my jigs are made from pine, the only thing really softer than that would be Balsa, LOL

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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WDHLT15

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#2 posted 829 days ago

Soft maple has about the same density as walnut, and is denser than cherry, so it is not really “soft”, just softer than hard maple which as a density about the same as oak.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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knotscott

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#3 posted 829 days ago

Soft maple is still pretty tough stuff. Should work out fine.

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