Lining the Front Vise Jaw

Earlier this year I added silicone shelf liner to the bench vises so that It could be flipped into play as needed by anchoring it between the wooden jaw and the metal moving cheek. The benefit of the liner is it prevents wood and material from any slippage in the vise during tasks such as sawing and planing when needed. Whereas many tasks don’t need this, I like the convenience of keeping it anchored for use. It works and it works well, but I found that because of the pressures in the vise by different tools, it needed replacing every few weeks. Though the shelf liner is cheap to buy, it’s not always convenient to replace it so frequently and so, although I still use the liner for positive grip with awkward or heavy work, on the back jaw face,I tried out a flip-in-flip-out leather liner for a few weeks and this works great too.
DSC_0180I don’t like lining the jaws permanently with glued-on lining like cork or leather because glue and other hardening liquids as well as impressed particles can damage the wood or cramp my working style. Adding the leather works great.DSC_0181DSC_0179 I anchored it between the metal and wood jaw, so that it can be flipped in and out of service as needed. To make for a better fold and fit I folded it in to the vise, sprayed a light misting of water onto the leather and stretched the leather down into the vise to stretch the leather over the two top corners. This then made permanent folded corners in the leather. I left it over night to dry out and now the leather just locks into place when I flip it in and out.


  1. Another great “poor man’s ” tool/jig!
    Merry Chrishtmas and a happy new bed!

  2. I saw you using the shelf liner and wondered about using Leather the same way. Thanks for keeping us updated.

  3. That is a great tip, however on my Record 52 1/2 I did glue a piece of thick leather on the wood and so far it has worked great. Mine also has the flip up stop so that was another reason I did what I did.

    Paul I have a question a little off the subject here, but I have noticed your quick release seems to work when you want to open it as well, mine does not for what ever reason. Is there something I need to do or is that the nature of mine ?

    Merry Christmas to you and your Family !


  4. I attached leather to my vise jaws with double sided carpet tape. Working great so far.

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