A woodworking bench vise can make your life much easier when it comes to holding woodwork on your workbench. Vises come in many different shapes and sizes and choosing one that suits you perfectly can seem like a daunting task at first. But that’s because it can be if you don’t know exactly what’s available to you! There are literally hundreds of different styles, models and brands out there. Here we’ll talk about the two most common types of woodworking bench vise and their basic uses so you can quickly figure out which would be the best option for you.
Basically, there are only two kinds of woodworking bench vise available: the front plate vise and the enclosed bench vise. The front plate vise (also known as a “box vise”) is usually at the far left side of your workbench, usually at the far right. It’s used to hold a single board vertically for hand planning, or to hold two pieces of board horizontally for crosscutting. If you’re just starting out with woodworking and would like to quickly master certain skills, this is the way to go.
However, the enclosed woodworking bench vise (sometimes also called a “pencil vise”) is a better choice for those who have more experience and want more versatility from their woodworking bench vise. These types of vises usually have a top or butt plate that extends out from the side or back of the bench vise. It can either have a closed top or open bottom, depending upon your preferences. These kinds of vises also come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials including brass, steel, wrought iron, aluminum, and plastic.
These two basic styles are the most popular, but the possibilities are endless. You can make them all kinds of ways: with a large, tapered one, or a slanting one, or even one with an open face. Some people prefer the wooden ones for their fine and intricate carvings, while others prefer the metal ones for their functionality.
You may also want to invest in a good woodworking bench vise drill if you plan on using it on a regular basis for drilling. If you have a regular hole digger already, you can just attach this drill to your vise and have your surface ready to drill. It’s a simple affair to drill holes in any surface with a regular vise, but attaching a drill is a little more involved. If you’re planning on making fine carvings with a woodworking bench vise, though, it will be worth the extra investment to purchase a drill and diy woodworking bench vise drill.
The bench vice you choose will depend on how often you’ll use it, the kind of surface you’re working on, and what you’re using the vise for. If you’re making bowls, for example, you’ll want to get a good quality woodworking vice with a drill press built into it. If you’re planning on working on metal surfaces, you can get one without a drill press, but you’ll probably want the bench vises like those that hold bowls.
You can buy vises in various shapes and sizes. You should get a vice that suits your needs, not the shape of the bench you have. For instance, if you have an odd shaped bench, you’ll probably need a vice that is specifically made to work on odd shaped boards. You can also get cabinet vises if you have these at home, though they aren’t as common as bench vice type vises. You should also make sure that you get a vice that fits snugly, without rubbing or moving around.
When buying a bench-mounted vise, it’s important to decide what material the vise should be made of, as well as the style of the wood. The most popular woodworking vice is made out of aluminum, because it’s strong and light. However, there are still plenty of wood vices that are made of wood, including those made of acrylic, brass, and iron. You should look for a wood vise that has a flat top, so you can hold the wood securely. You’ll also want one with a front plate that locks in place, a long enough strap to go all the way across your bench, and thick enough straps so they won’t become uncomfortable over time.