The 9 Best Woodworking Vises

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in July of 2018. With almost any woodworking task, at some point it becomes important to keep your materials secured firmly in place, and there are a variety of ways to do that. Depending on what you're making and its dimensions, there are many different vises to choose from, and whether you're a hobbyist or a professional carpenter, you will likely benefit from having multiple types attached to your workbench. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best woodworking vise on Amazon.

9. Craftsman Corner Clamp

8. Lake Erie Moxon

7. Shop Fox D4026

6. Grizzly T24249

5. Sjobergs SJO-33309

4. Irwin Tools 226361

3. Eclipse Quick Release

2. Wilton 63218

1. Rockler Quick-Release

Editor's Notes

July 11, 2019:

A woodworking vise is an indispensable workbench fixture for woodworkers and carpenters. It allows you to hold wood firmly while you work on it. Normal bench vises with thin metal jaws would severely mark up the surfaces which would then either ruin the piece or require a lot of work to fix. The Rockler Quick-Release is the most convenient and versatile vise I have used. Maple works well for the jaws and there is plenty of room between the top of the jaw and the screw and guides to hold thick stock. The quick-release works perfectly for releasing workpieces or just quickly adjusting to larger pieces instead of having to turn the handle until it reaches the desired width. The guides are ground well and if lubricated periodically, won't make a sound.

The Wilton 63218 and the Eclipse Quick Release also work well but with some drawbacks given certain preferences. The handle size for both of these is quite small but again, that is a personal preference. I happen to like a large handle as I feel it gives me greater control over the jaw adjustments. The Sjobergs SJO-33309 is quite nice but it's only adequate for holding small pieces.

Wood vises exert large pressures on workpieces. Make sure that the stock is properly seated against the jaws to avoid personal injury or damage to materials.


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Last updated on July 14, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

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