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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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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Question: Hi Paul, Sorry to bother you on a Sunday. I’m using the record-style vise York 53ed since 4 years now. I keep it clean and oiled. Since a few days I can’t apply a lot of or even enough pressure and everytime I try it jumps open. In the past I encountered this only…

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Question: Hello, Mr. Sellers, Thanks for all you do. I’ve been following your videos on YT, and they are a breath of fresh air, especially for a beginner like me. I have two questions about the workbench you built in the videos. First, do you find there is much difference between attaching the front vice…

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This is about to push up the price of old Record vises on eBay, but don’t be fooled by thinking the new Irwin Record vises being sold on eBay and other sites are the same as the pre Irwin Record vises because they are sold as ‘Record’ or Irwin vises. These vises and many other…

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Of Course They Do – and Exceptionally Well Too. Today I read an article that stated that, “We invented iron quick-release vises, which won’t hold much of anything relating to woodworking.” Bemused by this, I wondered why it was said and then I wondered why hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of woodworkers used something that…

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Many of you have written for advise on adding a bench vise to your new,y finished workbenches and of course there are many choices out there. I am fortunate in that I have access to secondhand ones in the UK and a good one will sell for about £50 more or less. One vise I…

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This question addresses and issue of where can we get good vises a little cheaper. If you or anyone has an answer perhaps we can help one another. Q: Hello Paul, Mark here from the Springfield show. I was wondering if you had any specific bench vices that you like, but are affordable. I was…

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Message: Hi Paul, I was wanting to know your thoughts on the veritas vises that you use in the school. Is the quick release cumbersome at all? I noticed you have to spin it 2 times counterclockwise to release it. Wasn’t sure if that was a pain or not, or if you prefer the squeeze release style better. I am purchasing…

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I thought that this questioner might answer some questions for others. Up front I should say that these are my views and I am sure that others have theirs. I don’t think that mine are difinitive and I will say that we should look at the issues as woodworkers open to change. Hi Paul, Thanks…

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  • Thomas on Plywood Workbench AnniversaryThank you! that's a good idea :-)
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  • Mark D. Baker on If You Need a ReasonFor about 40 years, I was involved in heavy construction. I gauged my work effort by my food consumption and weight each Monday morning and the following Friday. Each Monday, if my…
  • Ed on It’s All in the JoineryI think they hollow grind because A) New tools are almost universally thick blades, often cryogenically hardened B) They believe that the only way to have a sharp edge is from the…
  • JOe on If You Need a ReasonYou raise a good point Paul about physical labor. I faced a dilemma back in the late 1990s. I had finished my schooling and moved back home to start my career. My grandmother lived…
  • Joe on Furniture For Your HomeThanks Paul. Looking forward to it all. Any chance you can give us a vlog walkthrough on the ideas bouncing around in your head? I'm not trying to get you to commit to anything but…