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Wonkee Donkee’s Top Tips for using a Vice

Wonkee’s top tips for using a vice

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Wonkee Donkee's tips on using a vice When using a vice, there are a few rules that should be followed in order to keep the vice in working order and to protect your workpiece from damage.
Clamping wood in a vice Always clamp the workpiece securely, ensuring that the full clamping surface of the jaws supports the object.
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Support the end of long workpieces when using a vice If clamping a long workpiece, then support the end of the object with an adjustable stand, box, or table, in order to avoid putting any extra strain on the vice.
Never weld the base of a vice to any metal Do not weld the base of a vice to any metal.
Do not try to weld a broken vice Never use welding or brazing to repair a vice. If a vice has any cracks or damage to it then do not use it.
Use a vice that is appropiate for the weight of the workpiece Do not use a light-duty vice to clamp a heavy object. Always use a vice which is designed to hold the weight of the object you wish to work on.
Never add an extension to the vice handle Do not add an extension onto the vice handle in an attempt to increase the clamping pressure. The extra pressure of an extension could cause the handle to bend or the vice to break.
Never hammer a vice Never hammer any parts of the vice, as this will only damage it. The only exception is if a vice has a fitted anvil, then hammering on this section is permitted. Engineer’s and multi-purpose vices tend to have fitted anvils on their bodies which allow for the hammering and shaping of metal objects.

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