What is a plate vice?
A plate vice takes the form of a flat plate, featuring holes of different dimensions known as 'grip ports', and is used to hold items for cutting or otherwise working. One plate vice can be used alone, or two together.
Tri Vices and Timber Loks are the only two types of plate vice known to be available in the UK.
The term 'vice' traditionally refers to a tool with two parallel jaws, which is secured to or built into a workbench. On a traditional vice, a lever is turned to close the jaws, gripping a workpiece between them.
Plate vices are not used in this way, and have no moving parts. Instead, workpieces are inserted through the appropriate grip port in the plate. The ports on a plate vice are designed to fit various suitable materials in a number of sizes.
The plate vice can then be used to hold the object steady while it is worked. (See: How does a plate vice work?)
You may see vice spelled 'vise' by US sources. Despite the spelling difference, the meaning is the same.