Quick tips on how to make the most of your bench vise

Apr 15, 2014

Most of us have no idea what a bench vise is. It is simply a type of vise grip that is used to attach to a bench work to hold materials in place while it is being worked on. It is a very important material which can be used in many activities and comes in handy, either in wood work or metal work. Most workers don’t know to use it effectively as it consists of two flat jaws, one is fixed while the other is movable and can be brought together with screws. They hold work pieces together during work operations such as sawing, drilling or planning. Below are a few quick tips on how to make the most of your bench vise.

Using bench vises.

Before anyone uses it, they have to be aware of the different parts of a bench vise. It has three main parts, the static jaw, dynamic jaw and a slide.

When mounting a bench vise, make sure the static jaw overhangs on the edge of the working bench. This makes it easier to clamp both long and also short pieces and not hitting the work bench.

They also have bench vises, which are not attached to working benches as long as the working surface is stable enough. They simply hold the work piece by its jaws and make sure you place the bolts in all the holes and use lock washers under the nut. The vise should also be large enough to hold the work without straining too hard as one gets exhausted easily.

One should ensure that the work bench is firmly secured to its base to prevent accident of it falling down, which can cause fatal injuries.

Furthermore, before clamping anything on the work piece, make sure cracks or other damages are checked. Wear protective clothing like safety goggles on the face to shield you.

Make sure the work piece in the vise is close as possible to the vise to prevent vibrations, especially when sawing, filing, cutting, etc.

It is necessary to keep all the moving parts of the bench vises clean, lubricated and free from chips or dirt as it keeps the bench is good condition, thus making it durable and also easy to work with. Furthermore, always replace the handle if bent and has worn out jaws.

Why use bench vises?

They come in a variety of sizes and design to help in holding materials in use firmly while they are being worked on. This is because it has two jaws that can be brought together and then locked in place to make the work easier and faster as they will be a limited movement of the material while working. It has a strong stability factor as it provides a firm grip on the materials.

They have two main different types, which are the wood working vice, which is for holding wood while it is carved or planned and the engineering vice mostly used for holding metals. The engineering vices are usually stronger and heavier compared with the woodworking vices because it handles heavier materials.

It is also very cheap and affordable; therefore, easy to purchase. If you have one, make most of it by using it well and carefully.

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