Bench vises I’ve installed more vises through the years than I care to even think of counting, well over 200 I suspect. Add to that those I have coached in the fitting of them and it would triple that number because I used to teach a workbench making course to 16 students at a time,…

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Cutting the vise opening into the apron and fitting the vise You can, as I said, use a jigsaw, but the hand tool method is more fun, more demanding and of course you get good exercise in clean, clear, breathable air. The choice is yours. With the layout lines in place, bore a series of holes in…

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Fitting jaw linings You can use plywood, a good grade, or solid wood, even pine, if that’s what you have, to line the jaws of your vise. In this case I’ve chosen sapele, an african hardwood with perfect hardness and compression for this work. I’ve used it before and it’s one of the best. Better…

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  • Paul Sellers on Is it Helpful or No?Actually, I don't think it is. It will take a couple of minutes to fettle, a little filing here or there maybe, but it will work fine for a lifetime after that. I wouldn't fall for…
  • Ross Williams on Is it Helpful or No?Paul - I think you misunderstood what I was saying. I suppose if I read and absorbed everything you said or wrote that you have covered any topic multiple times. But I want to leav…
  • Shannon on Is it Helpful or No?We can all agree that the Stanley spokeshave Amazon is hawking is crap.
  • Paul Walton on Is it Helpful or No?I find the tools you make yourself are the best ones on the market, and you shouldn't have any complaints about them cause you cannot take them back. So you make them work.
  • Tom Wood on Is it Helpful or No?I also have been using the eBay diamond stones for a good while (I ordered the first set a bit before you mentioned them on the blog, and then got a second set) and they are workin…
  • Paul Sellers on Is it Helpful or No?Okay, Steve, I can drop this here. I make no apology for what I said and feel because I did no damage and what is said is said and true. Editor's choice is the editor's choice! As…
  • Steve D on Is it Helpful or No?The reason I used the word contributor is that the reviews are not typically written by the editors. I never considered "Editor's Choice" to overrule the opinion of an article's au…