Tips to Making Your Own Woodworking Vise

Every woodwork bench needs a woodworking vise.

Woodworking ViseThere are so many types such as the tall vise, shoulder vise and so on. Whichever you find most convenient and comfortable, you should pick and have it installed onto your bench. The steel screw ones are usually the pick for many people but what some don’t seem to realize is that these are the ones that require grease or oil for maintenance and it can sometimes get onto your woodwork pieces and stain them. So here are a few ways on how to make your own woodworking vise.

Woodworking Vise: woodwork station of your own

To begin, you first need to gather the required tools, most of which you should have around you if you’re a carpenter at heart and have got a woodwork station of your own. The tools that you would need are the woodworking bench itself, wood screw kit that comes complete with the garter, knuckle and a handle, a pair of hardwood jaw blocks, a few wood screws and a power drill with drill bits and screw bits. Once you’ve got everything, clean your work area and wipe down the woodworking bench so that it’s dust free and you can work in a healthy environment.

Start the process by measuring the hardwood jaw blocks and locating the center, and then mark it with a pencil. Using the power drill, make a hole that is just a little bigger than the wood screw where it’s marked on both the hardwood jaw blocks. Check that the holes have been drilled all the way through the wood then insert the wood screw into the front block. You would then need to use the garter for the screw and attach it to keep it in place. Next, you would need to pre-drill a pilot hole for the screws in the hardwood before you can put in the actual screw. Woodworking Vise

After that, your next step would be to place the back hardwood jaw onto the side of your workbench. You can place it wherever you feel it would be easiest to use and won’t get in your way of woodwork. It’s always advisable to place it at the corner of the table so that it doesn’t interfere with your work and you don’t hit your hand against the handle that will stick out. To affix the piece into place, hold the hardwood jaw against the bench and use the hole as a guide for you to drill in all the way into the bench.

Place the hole in the knuckle parallel with the hole on the workbench for support. Make pre-drilled pilot holes and fix the knuckle to the bench using the wood screws. Generally, the screws used are those that are 3 inches long and are placed about 4 inches apart for best support. Put in the screws using the back hardwood jaw and go through the knuckle then tighten the screws, making sure that their threads are aligned with the knuckle and doesn’t run. The last bit would be to fix the handle through the front of the screw then you’re done! Woodworking Vise

To check if it’s properly fixed, open and close the jaw a few times slowly to see if it works then do it slightly faster to check if the mechanism is tight and nothing is missing.

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