Follow Up To Want A Wood Handle Vise

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    Bill Epstein

    The Lee Valley Large Front Handle Vise arrived today. Very fast shipping.

    Well packed, arrived safely, nicely machined and I got right to work flipping the bench top over.

    After an hour or so of studying the instructions and folding the template I decided to send it back.

    * The throat depth without adding a shim is less than ideal, 3 1/4″.
    * The shallow throat depth requires quite a wide set of jaws for most end grain work which brings racking forward from the back of my mind.
    * The recommended minimum thickness of the front jaw is 1 5/8″; the only stock I have on hand that would laminate to that is rough sawn and I’m not going out in the snow to machine it.

    I have done a good bit of business with Lee Valley over many years and their products and service are first rate. I feel guilty about sending it back but it’s just a lot of fuss for what should be a “Toaster”. I would have ordered their Groz Quick release, metal handle and all to save taking a refund but it’s out of stock and I need a vise. I just now ordered the 10″ Eclipse from Amazon. It’ll be here Sunday and take 20 minutes to install.

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