Experienced engineers working in the oil industry and in marine workshops know that a good solid bench vice like the Swindens range from the UK can save time and frustration when doing complicated tasks in confined spaces.
Vices come in various forms. There is the general vice bolted to a workbench bearing the scars of years of hammering, welding, and grinding but still capable of holding anything. The handle may be a little bent from having a pipe been fitted as an extension for additional power to tighten the vice. Generally, it is difficult to break a vice. They are made to withstand rough treatment but let us have a look at what makes a great vice? Or, more importantly, what validates the price of a truly top-quality vice.
If you’re a hobbyist woodworker, whether you’re working on something simple like a birdhouse or you are building a bookshelf and need to get it just right so you can place all of your antique tomes on top of it, one tool that you will undoubtedly use is the bench vice. Not only is the bench vice an extremely important part of your workbench, it is also a very important tool in its own right. If you’re looking for ways to get some of that old-school industrial skill into your woodworking, grab a bench vice and revert back to using it for its intended purpose. The modern shop is filled with gadgets and gizmos to help make things easier, but sometimes those tools make us lazy and lead us to doing things the “easy” way. Take a step back, rethink why you purchased your bench vice in the first place, and put it to work on your next woodworking project.