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Lee J

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Just a quick question, I want to put some new faces on the insides of my bench vice. Is 1/2 inch ply good enough or should I go for a hardwood. I originally had soft wood in there but it's all deformed and mangled now.
 

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I'd replace with more soft wood - it grips much better. Hardwood is slippy and more likely to mark the workpiece. They're supposed to be sacrificial.
 

Lee J

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ahhh I see. right, softwood it is!
 

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I had beech but replaced them with softwood because of lack of grip.... worked much better.
 

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Straightforward question gets three different answers.

However did we manage before the internet?
 

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It was simpler but less interesting. :?
 

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I was wondering the same thing!

I have got a small bench vise that needs to be "cladded" /faced and am not sure on what to use!

I quite like the idea of using ply or even soft wood!

I mainly use my vise to press my pen kits as opposed to work holding so I am sure both would work well!
 

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yeh but.......................................?

just think what you have learned, so your now looking for a non-slippy, dense (ish), strong softwood.....

my personal bench has iroko jaw lining covered with leather....works for me.

Al

Always willing to add to confusion.
 

Lee J

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ha ha ha thanks people, clear as mud now!

I'll stick with a softwood option this time.
 

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anything you find laying about the wokshop, done the job for me the last 50 years.
john
 
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