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On Vises—Part II

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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On Vises Part I

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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York vise problems

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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Myths busted – Do Quick-Release Vises Work?

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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Add-vise on bench vises

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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Cheap vises anywhere? Anyone?

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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Questions answered – Veritas vises

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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Questions answered on vises

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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