I just finished a couple of vise jaws and was wondering what opinions
you all had about lining them with leather. My original idea was to
put wrap a 1.75" maple core with a couple of 1/8" skins on either side
for balance. Then I could plane off and replace just the inside face
when it gets beaten up. But I sorta like the idea of having something
with a little give to it, for a little more grip with a little less
clamping pressure. Has anyone ever tried EPDM on their vise jaws?
Lastly, if I do just leave them as is (2" thick hard maple), should I
put any type of finish on them? I'd probably rub a little on the top
edge just in case glue got on them, but what about the backs and
faces? I used polymerized linseed oil and beeswax for the bench, so
I'd probably not want to use that (I think...too slippery?)
Time for some googling...
vise jaws are a consumable. don't get too hung up on making them
special. make several sets when you make any, to save steps and to
give you some to cut notches in/ screw things to/ mangle by grabbing
tightly to rude objects etc. make a few out of soft pine for grabbing
things that have surfaces that want a forgiving but firm grip. make a
set with sandpaper faces and a set with rubber faces. make a set with
hardwood faces scraped smooth and finished with oil. make a set with
On Tue, 02 Oct 2007 23:27:41 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I made 3 or 4 sets using rare earth magnets, an idea I stole from a Lee Valley
add for very expensive vise..
They hold fine, since they only have to hold the faces in place, not really hold
them on the vise..
Sort of fun, making one with v-grooves to hold pen blanks... YMWV
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On Oct 3, 2:27 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
These jaws are 2x6x33" hard maple, so I'm not likely to be making too
many of them unless the boss decides to be generous with some long
I think I'm going to go with leather. I like the look and I believe
it will do what I want. For other stuff I can use my metal vise or
the smaller face vise on the other bench. These are going to be for
my "good" bench.
Thanks for the replies all.
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