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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:49 am 
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Is there any special wood I should be using for the jaws of a woodworking vice?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:04 am 
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Someone may come along with a definitive answer but personally I've always used a low quality softwood principally because I want it to dent rather than the piece I'm working on.


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I agree with Grendel but I think that Beech is often used.

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I've just made new jaws from Ikea chopping boards, I think it is rubber wood.


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I've got some 1" ply on mine, (it's what I had available at the time) but something like Beech is probably more correct for most uses.

I do like the fact that the ply is soft enough to deform if I crank the vice up on a metal object which may otherwise slip. (I've only got the one vice which has to do everything).

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Beech for preference and the vices on my bench are fitted with that, although I any similar type of hardwood would do. I've got an old smaller woodworkers vice that I fitted softwood jaws to years ago which has been fine, but hasn't done as much work as the main bench. So :dunno: :-)

I've got a small engineer's vice mounted on a block of wood that I clamp in a woodworking vice if I have a bit of metalwork to do. Works with a workmate as well.


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I made myself a new bench some thirty years back to which I fitted a 2nd hand joiners vice. Rooting through the off-cut bin I found and fitted two bits of walnut which are still going strong.
I will add though, if I am concerned about damaging existing finish on any object I wish to hold in the vice, I just slip a piece of kitchen roll between the jaws and it!


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Fine grained, close pore, medium dense hardwoods work best: beech, sycamore and maple. Their lack of pigmentation (as in walnut, mahogany, etc) means that they won't tint items you may be holding (especially important if clear-lacquer, or solvents, are involved). For DIY benches and rougher wor hardwood ply is very durable and more than sufficient

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