Cutting Joinery in a Vise

When using a heavy mallet and chisel to cut a deep mortise, it is handy to grip the workpiccc in the top of the vise. Often the force of the blows knocks the workpiccc askew.The power behind the mallet blow is then depleted, the workpiece is damaged, and time and energy are wasted. To remedy the situation, position one or more blocks of waste between the workpiccc and the vise bars to provide solid underside support without inhibiting clamping action.

above: The block of waste under the workpiece takes the brunt of the blows.

screw saves the mechanism from damage.

above: The wood set to the left of the vise above: The wood set to the left of the vise

above: :or maximum efficiency, the waste piece needs to run down to the floor.

above: The bench hook stop prevents tool-exit damage.

above: Work with a series of little-by-little strokes.

Paring in a Vise

When you use a bevel-edge chisel to pare the waste from a groove that runs across the grain, it's often a good idea to use a bench hook in the vise to support the work. Set the hook in the vise, then run parallel saw cuts across the workpiccc to establish the width and depth of the groove. Next, butt the workpiccc hard up against the stop, and hold the chisel parallel with the bottom of the groove. Finally, either push or use mallet taps to clear the waste. Work from both sides toward the middle to avoid exit damage.

Using a Drawknife in a Vise

If you want to use a drawknife to swiftly cut a chair leg or some other piece to a round section, then the problem is how to hold the workpiccc at the correct angle. The answer is beautifully simple. All you do is first clamp a strip of wood across the bench so that it bridges the top of the vise. Then set the workpiccc in the jaws, adjusting the workpiece so that it's held securely at the correct angle and supported by the bridge piece. Once you have worked one end with the knife, then just turn the wood around and rerun the procedure for the other end.

Drilling in a Vise

One of the problems when using the brace and bit is how to hold and support the workpiccc so that you can put the full weight of your body behind the brace. One good way is to back the workpiccc with a substantial piece of waste and then set the assembly in the vise so that the hole to be drilled is a little above the height of your waist. This set-up is a winner on several counts: The wood is well supported, the backing piece prevents tear-out damage when the bit exits and, best of all, you can achieve optimum control and pressure by supporting the brace pad on your abdomen.

above: The bench hook stop prevents tool-exit damage.

above: Work with a series of little-by-little strokes.

above: :or maximum efficiency, the waste piece needs to run down to the floor.

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