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What are the different types
of woodworking vice?

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choices There are many different types of woodworking vice, which are made for various tasks. They are listed below:

Woodwork vices

plain screw vice Woodwork vices are heavy-duty wood vices which can clamp large and heavy pieces of wood. Due to this, they are often used by professional woodworkers and in manufacturing industries.
woodwork vice Woodwork vices attach to the underneath of a workbench so that the top of the jaws are level with the workbench’s surface. There are three different types of woodwork vice: the plain screw vice, the quick-release vice and the woodcraft vice.

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Pattern maker’s vices

pattern makers vice A pattern maker’s vice is a multi-purpose woodworking apparatus that can rotate, tilt and pivot to allow the user to place the workpiece at any desired angle.
pattern maker's vice Similarly to a woodwork vice, this vice mounts to the underneath of a workbench with the top of the jaws in alignment with the bench’s surface.

The pattern maker’s vice is a unique model of vice, as there is only one type and size available.

Workbench vices

face vice A workbench vice refers to a type of vice that is designed to be built into a workbench. This type of vice is mainly found and used in the US, rather than in the UK.

It differs from other woodworking vices, as it is a tool that is incorporated into the bench itself, rather than being mounted onto it.

face vice installed The jaws and handle are self-installed onto the vice by the user, and the vice is then fitted into the workbench, becoming part of the bench itself. There are different types within the workbench category, which include face, tail and leg vices.

The three types differ as each is installed at different positions on a woodworking bench.

woodworking workbench A face vice is installed at the front of a workbench, while a tail vice is installed at the end and a leg vice is positioned on the table leg. Their workbench positions makes each vice ideal for different tasks and applications.

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