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Preparing to use your plate vice

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Measure your workpiece

If you don’t already know the dimensions of your workpiece, measure it. You can do this using any suitable rule – including the millimetre and inch rules incorporated into the plate vice’s design.

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Identify the appropriate grip port

Using our guides (Which grip port should you use on a Tri Vice, or Which grip port should you use on a Timber Lok), identify the appropriate grip port for your workpiece. Alternatively, you can simply try it – if it fits and the angle of insertion is not too steep (no less than 45° is best), then go ahead!

Using one plate vice on its own

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Note

To help make this guide as easy to understand as possible, we will refer to the end of the workpiece which you will be cutting, drilling, finishing, or otherwise working, the ‘working end’. The opposite end of the workpiece, which rests on the ground, will be referred to as the ‘supporting end’.

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Step 1 – Insert working end into plate vice

Insert the working end of your workpiece through the appropriate grip port in your plate vice, pushing through until it protrudes from the hole to the desired length.

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Step 2 – Position supporting end

Position the supporting end of your workpiece on the ground, opposite the base of the plate vice.

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Step 3 – Position plate vice

Lean the top of your plate vice toward the supporting end of the workpiece, adjusting both plate vice and workpiece until it is able to stand in place, supported by the workpiece, while in turn holding the workpiece in position.

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Step 4 – Let go of the plate vice

You should now be able to let go of the plate vice and workpiece without either falling down. If either does fall, this is a sign that you need to go back to Step 1 and perform some vital adjustments!

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Step 5 – Perform intended work

You can now perform the intended work at the working end of the workpiece.

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Step 6 – Remove workpiece

When you want to remove the workpiece, simply slide it out of the grip port.

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Using two plate vices together

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Step 2 – Position supporting end

Instead of positioning a ‘supporting’ end of the workpiece on the ground, you should instead insert the second end through the appropriate grip port on your second plate vice.

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Step 5 – Perform intended work

Here, instead of a ‘working end’, the part of the workpiece you will be performing any drilling or finishing on should be positioned between the two plate vices, allowing complete access.

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