Choosing the Best Woodworking Bench Vice.

Choosing awoodworking bench vice

Choosing a bench vice is not an easy task because there are many types of vices available in the market. A bench vice is used to hold pieces of wood and fix them in place while working. So, it is very important to choose the best vice for your woodworking.

This article will explain to you why it is worth buying a really good, versatile woodworking bench vice rather than a cheaper alternative.

There are different types of vices available in the market like spring vices, hydraulic vices, manual vices and vice grips. These all can be used to hold your wood but they are not equally good. So, before buying one you need to make a checklist to know which type of vice is suitable for you and your project.

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The most versatile woodworking bench vice

Checklist for a Woodworking Bench Vice

Type of work: If you are a beginner or hobbyist then you can use the manual vice grip for simple projects and vice grips for more complex projects. If you are an expert then you can use the spring vices for woodworking. You need to look at the features of the vice.

You need to check the size of the jaws, material, strength, durability etc. Types of wood: This is the second important thing that you need to look at when you buy a vice. It depends on your project and what kind of wood you want to use. You can use it for a long time if you choose good quality wood.

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Work Surface: If you have a smooth work surface then you can use any type of vice but if there are some sharp edges then only spring vices are good. The vice grips are also good when there are no sharp edges.

Tools: You need to have the right tools for the job. For cutting wood and metal, you need a hacksaw, wire cutters, pry bars etc. Clamps: Clamps are great for securing things to your bench. 

Project size: You need to check the size of your project and whether it is big or small. Spring vices are good for large projects and vice grips are suitable for small projects.

Safety: You should buy awoodworking bench vice that is safe and durable. It is important to choose a vice that doesn’t have sharp edges and won’t hurt your hands while working. The manual vice grip has a safety latch that is locked in the off position and it will prevent your hand from slipping..

Versatility: You can use the manual vice grip for various purposes. For example, you can use it to hold screws and bolts during drilling, cutting or grinding. You can also use it for holding metal parts like brackets and clamps while welding.

Durability: Choosing a woodworking bench vice that will age well and provide you with years of reliable service is a very important consideration. It is worth spending more on a top-quality product rather than needing to replace a cheaper vice at regular intervals.

Accessibility: Most of the time vices are used in woodworking, so you need to choose one that is easy to access.

Size: Awoodworking bench vice with a large jaw is more comfortable for most people to use. If you don’t like the size of your vice jaws, then it’s best to choose a vice with a smaller jaw. Durability: The durability of a vice depends on the material from which it is made.


Why a Heavy Duty Rotating Head Vice with a Heavy Duty Swivel Base Makes Sense.

When Claude Swinden patented his bench vice in 1928 he set a new standard in materials handling. His vice offered the world first 360° rotating heavy duty vice and this combined with a swivel base opened material holding possibilities never previously dreamt of. A Swindens vice rotates 360 vertically and the swivel base 360 degrees horizontally, saving countless hours of readjustments.

Now let us consider the pipe jaws which are made from SG Iron and A2 steel and are available in 3 widths (3″/5″/and 7″) and nylon soft jaws are also available as an option. A Swindens vice will always hold the wood safely and securely whilst other, lesser vices may allow slippage.

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Choosing a Swindens woodworking bench vice is an investment in your woodworking passion, the vice is more costly than many vices you will see online. But consider this, the Swindens vice is depended on by top engineering workshops across the world and is the bench vice of preference of NATO and many armed forces.

We realise that you might not be crafting a beautiful coffee table or bookcase in the desert or in an army workshop but the fact that the Swindens vice is trusted in these conditions must reassure you that the quality is way beyond the averagewoodworking bench vice and, with its beautiful yellow and grey livery will be your pride and joy for many years to come.

Choosing a woodworking bench vice is not an easy task because there are many types of vices available in the market. So, before buying one make a checklist and choose the best vice for your woodworking. We think you will find that the Swindens vice will be the pride of your workshop.

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