Fair Woodworking

February 23, 2013

New to me tools that aren’t so new

Filed under: Favorite tools — fairwoodworking @ 8:45 pm

I’ve owned this vise for years, but it was never properly installed.


Recently a friend called and was looking to kill some time on a Saturday afternoon. That was a perfect excuse to get some help lifting my bench top on to its side so I could router out a space to finally mount this sucker properly. I’m not a big fan routering half an inch in one pass, but I couldn’t see any other way. The heat from it was intense! Not only could I feel the heat on my hands as I held the router,


Well all I can say is that it now feels like a brand new tool.


I’ve also finally gotten a type 8ish #5 jack plane going, and I can’t believe what a great plane it is. I know I will be writing more about this little wonder.

Sometimes using is believing.



  1. Hi, enjoy the blog. Just wondering which vise you have and how it works for you.

    Comment by Dan Roman — March 3, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    • Hi Dan, it’s good to hear from you.

      It’s a Quick-Release Steel Bench Vise from Lee Valley http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=49980&cat=1,41659 . It’s not dripping with sex appeal, but I really can’t find fault with it. It’s very solidly built, and clamps quite well. So long as the bolts for the two guide rods are tight, I’ve never had much of a problem with wracking. I went with the medium vise, and I’m really happy with it.

      Comment by fairwoodworking — March 5, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

  2. Hi Fairwoodworking. Nice to see people are still using the quick release. Leg vices seem really popular right now but I am reluctant to say goodbye to the quick release. Our old workshop used to have a quick release and a wheelwright vice (really similar to a leg vice) and I always went for the quick release. Adjusting the pin on the parallel guide was always nuisance. Not yet decided on which one I am going for on my bench build but I am feeling more drawn to the quick release at the moment.

    Comment by G S H — March 27, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    • When I bought that vise, I doubt I even knew what a leg vise was, so I wouldn’t say I chose it over the leg vise. But really that is just splitting hairs. I also don’t think I’ve had the opportunity to try a leg vice.
      I do have to admit that the Benchcrafted Leg vise with their new Crisscross, may be more than I can say no to one day Although my wife could say no to it in a heart beat.

      Comment by fairwoodworking — March 29, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

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