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Forum topic by Cooch posted 01-03-2015 03:32 AM 848 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2015 03:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: vise finish jaws

I’m in the process of installing a Veritas twin screw vise.

My question is what should I use for a finish? Tung oil? Danish Finish? Or something else on the jaws?

Thanks. Steve


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#1 posted 01-03-2015 04:18 AM

This is a preference question, but I would ask what type of lumber they are first.

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 10:01 AM

I’m planning on using maple for the jaws. (Sorry bout that omission )

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 12:29 PM

Poly thinned 50%. Keep the wood wet 5-10 minutes, then wipe off excess.

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 12:52 PM

I did not like the look of boiled linseed oil on maple. Haven’t tried tung oil. Danish looks good, but something that doesn’t darken is my preference for maple. I think poly might suit well there. I have heard it suggested that poly is not well suited for a workbench top, for reasons of functionality. (Chipping, etc…)

The chops for vises don’t get too much action from knives, irons and such.

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 12:59 PM

what’s the rest of the bench finished with? It really doesn’t matter, its a matter of taste.

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 01:08 PM

I wouldn’t use anything, especially not a film finish. Over time it will flake off with the heavy use. If you have to use something, an oil type (BLO, or BLO and beeswax) won’t peel, be easier to repair, and glue will pop right off.

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