What my vises look like…

There are other ways to make a vise – have a look here and see if you like them any better.

In 33 seconds you’ll see  how mine go together and hold a saw

Below are tours of my crosscut vise and my pitsaw vise. I credit Dolly Chapman for the inspiration of these designs.

Why do I like this type?

Because it rotates horizontally the vise holds the saw in positions that my body cannot. Hammer-setting teeth is far easier when the saw is horizontal. Because the vise-height is varied by opening or closing the legs different people can use it with the same comfort. If you ever share a vise and file with others this matters!

Rounded feet mean the vise will sit on uneven ground more easily and be stable over a range of different leg-angles.

Plywood is cheaper and more readily obtained and shipped than knot-free, straight-grained twist-free softwood.

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