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Why is my woodworker's vise tilted down?

by DanTrom
posted 10-01-2018 10:35 PM


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BlasterStumps

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#1 posted 10-01-2018 11:22 PM

Assuming you will be adding wood jaw faces, you can cut them to how you would like. It’s how the two pieces of wood come together that matters. Also too you can make them the same height as the top of the bench.

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#2 posted 10-01-2018 11:40 PM

The vices I work with are either toe-in or parallel, depending if they are a front or end-vise, so I’m not sure what the benefit of having the outside jaw being lower than the inside. As BlasterStumps said, I’d just make it parallel by adjusting the wood you use.

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WoodenDreams

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#3 posted 10-01-2018 11:42 PM

If you look at the holes in your vise inner and outer jaws, you’ll see where you should attach a wood piece, the size you would like, with screws. This is to protect your wood projects from marks from your metal jaws. The wood you attach can be a hardwood, MDF board, plywood, or plastic. Your preference.

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DanTrom

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#4 posted 10-02-2018 02:50 PM


Assuming you will be adding wood jaw faces, you can cut them to how you would like. It s how the two pieces of wood come together that matters. Also too you can make them the same height as the top of the bench.

- BlasterStumps


Thanks for the reply! True, I could cut the jaw liners at a slight angle to mitigate the angle of the vise. Good idea. That would allow them to be perpendicular to the benchtop. However, the outer jaw would still move in a (slightly) upward direction when closing. At first, that doesn’t seem to be a big deal. I want to be able to use the vise in conjunction with a bench dog to hold workpieces for planing, etc. The angled vise causes the workpiece to be lifted as the vise is tightened. Still thinking… And I’m still curious why the manufacturer would design it like this. There must be some purpose. (or maybe it’s just poor design/execution).

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DanTrom

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#5 posted 10-02-2018 02:51 PM



The vices I work with are either toe-in or parallel, depending if they are a front or end-vise, so I m not sure what the benefit of having the outside jaw being lower than the inside. As BlasterStumps said, I d just make it parallel by adjusting the wood you use.

- lumbering_on


Thanks for the reply! This vice does indeed toe-in just a bit and I like that feature.

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DanTrom

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#6 posted 10-02-2018 02:52 PM



If you look at the holes in your vise inner and outer jaws, you ll see where you should attach a wood piece, the size you would like, with screws. This is to protect your wood projects from marks from your metal jaws. The wood you attach can be a hardwood, MDF board, plywood, or plastic. Your preference.

- WoodenDreams


Thanks for the reply! Yes indeed. I do have plywood jaw liners. Nothing fancy, but they do the job.

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