What is a woodworking vise? A woodworking vise is a long metal or wood handled tool that holds wood in place while it is being cut, sawed, drilled or sanded. Because they will damage the wood being cut, the handles are usually either metal or wood, usually faced down against wood. The wood jaws of a woodworking vise keep the wood work piece from being damaged whilst being cut.
There are many different types of woodworking vise, such as: coping, sliding, offset, single and double. A coping wood wedge that fits over the end of a drill press is used to hold wood on a workbench while it is being cut. It has a metal frame and a narrow slot to fit the wood. The sliding wood vise is a thin metal bar with a sliding blade that slides along the surface of a woodworking bench. This type of woodworking vise does not have a frame and is held in position with clamps.
2256 Using a coping wood vise requires at least two hands, as the vice is designed to fit tightly against the wood on the bench. It will hold up to at least one and a half feet of wood, and is usually adjustable for the size of the bench. It takes at least twelve inches to half an inch.
2 An offset woodworking vise has two jaws that are slightly offset from each other and lined up with a center screw that holds the jaws apart. The screw can be turned by hand but is usually pressed into a socket that is drilled directly into the bench. The screw allows for the adjustment of the jaw positions to the desired level. There is usually a key provided so that the teeth can be locked or unlocked by turning the knob. This type of woodworking vise does not have a blade but only two jaws.
225 The most versatile type of woodworking vise is the combination vise, which is a stand-alone piece of wood with a fixed wooden jaws and a tapered plate for counterbalance. It can be adjusted for either narrow or wide-set positions and is useful for shaping wood and plastic. This type of vise is useful for working flat items such as shelves or small tables. However, because it is not self-aligning, it may not be as effective for cutting profiles, as the offset or face vise is.
225 Veneer veneers over the workbench have been popular for a long time and are still popular today. A woodworking vise is specially designed to fit the bench top surface and is attached at the end with screws or rivets. It provides both counterbalance and leverage, allowing the woodworker to move the workpiece up and down without having to exert pressure on the bench. This type of veneer is often purchased for use with a drill press, as it offers a good amount of leverage and counterbalance.
Another option that will get you the best woodworking vises is a Yost M9WW rapid acting 9 woodworking vise. The Yost Company started manufacturing this type of woodworking vises in the early 1970’s and has built a reputation for making quality tools. The M9 WW rapid acting 9 woodworking vise is made to fit most bench tops, and is great for both left and right-handed use. The vise is made from heavy duty steel and features a recessed steel liner for added strength, and precision welded construction for long-lasting service.
A woodworker should also have a good woodworking vise that is strong enough to support both his hands and body. Good vise systems should include a locking jaw, a tilting mechanism, a non-marring metal plate to hold the wood in place, a smooth surface for adjustable speed control, and non-slip grip. It is essential that a woodworker have quick access to his tools when they are needed. Many woodworkers prefer a set of adjustable clamps that make it possible to remove a clamp easily when the vise is not in use. Clamps may be placed inside the vise or on the outside of it; however, some clamps are placed inside the vises, while others are placed outside.
Many woodworkers find it more comfortable to have the locking jaw type of vise mounted on the inside of their bench. This allows a woodworker to have a pair of tongs nearby to grab both sides of a bench and easily adjust the jaws of the vise as he moves his hands along the bench’s rails. Some people prefer to mount their woodworking bench with their vises facing out towards the workshop. Some manufacturers of woodworking bench vises offer several types of faceplate options; therefore, a woodworker can mount his bench with the vises facing either east/west or north/south if he chooses.
There are also special woodworking bench vises available to hold accessories such as a small power drill, stools, a saw, a circular saw, or other equipment. Woodworkers find these accessories extremely useful because they can hold a variety of tools and eliminate the need to drag an odd shaped tool through a doorway or up a set of stairs. Most power tools that a woodworker uses will have an attachment made especially for it, so he can use the vice as a stand for his power tool.