|I am finally going to buy a real woodworking vise and am looking for
My exact vise won't help since I bought it at Sears in August of 1972 ;-),
but I do have a recommendation for a feature that I've found invaluable over
the intervening 36 years: Quick release. A quarter-turn counter-clockwise
and the vise is free to travel in or out to the approximate position I need.
Also, for woodworking, I wouldn't accept anything that looked like a
machinist's vise, you need wooden jaws and as large as you can afford.
What kind of woodworking do you do? Cabinets, turnings, carving, etc.?
Do you have a decent bench? The best vise arrangements are really a
component in a workbench system. Typical woodworking vises are either a
front or tail/end style. Both mount on the underside of a workbench, so you
need to know what kind of clearance is available for the mounting and the
motion of the screws.
That said, I would start with a a front vise like this one -
Or a tail vise like this
Some features -
wide jaw, with a large opening
Sturdy mounting on the underside off a bench
I have two Record 52's on my bench. They are quick release.
Unfortunately, the company went out of business a few years ago, but
there are knockoffs as indicated in other posts.
I used a Jorgensen quick-release vise in woodworking class. It was
good, too, and if I buy another vise I'll buy Jorgensen.
Unless I'm feeling rich, then I'll try to get a patternmaker's vise, a
la http://www.woodcraft.com/product.aspx?ProductID 8748&FamilyID516
Or an Emmert, or Tucker. http://www.workbenchdesign.net/rvises.html
: tlc... wrote:
:> I am finally going to buy a real woodworking vise and am looking for:> recommendations.
: I have two Record 52's on my bench. They are quick release.
: Unfortunately, the company went out of business a few years ago, but
: there are knockoffs as indicated in other posts.
: I used a Jorgensen quick-release vise in woodworking class. It was
: good, too, and if I buy another vise I'll buy Jorgensen.
Intresting. I had a Jorgensen, and liked it, but the quick-release
I found a hassle sometimes -- the Record design seems easier to use.
Why do you prefer the Jorgensen?
-- Andy BArss
When I got my vises, it was kind of like the Stihl/Husqvarna chainsaw
choice, six of one, etc. At the time the Records were a bit cheaper,
and there was this cool promotion that sent me a free speed clamp with
my vise. That, along with free shipping, clinched the deal. Of course,
their promotions didn't work, and now Record is out of business, I can't
get any more speed clamps, and I would get Jorgensen again were I to get
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