I need to replace my front vise, which is the green thing Woodcraft
sells. I want to replace it with a cast iron vise such as a Record.
One of my main concerns is the amont of racking that an individual
vise may exhibit, so I'm looking for something that has good capacity
and little racking. Since Record no longer exists, I need
recommendations from those of you who are happy with thier vise.
Scott in KC
I recently got a quick-release vise that came with a new bench, having used
it for awhile in future I'd never buy a vise that didn't have this feature.
Talk about handy, it seems as if I'm saving an hour a day by not having to
endlessly spin a vise handle.
This appears to be identical to the vise I have (and which I'm very pleased
I've always enjoyed Ken Vaughn's solutions, not only because they work, but
because his jigs are nicer and more precision than my projects..
Note the dowels, to keep the block from slipping through the jaws.. That way you
don't need to keep a hand free to grab the block when you loosen the vise, or
pick it up off the floor..
I've also seen a shop that had a "top step" on each block, to prevent it from
Please remove splinters before emailing
I've tried variations of that idea myself although not as elegant. My
problem is that in a small shop I don't have a lot of places to store
stuff like that. Invariably I lose them and make new ones.
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