I’m working on an old Record 52 1/2 vise. I took it apart, cleaned it up and put it back together again. Only then did I notice the jaws don’t line up. I was annoyed at first but since learned that this ‘toe-in’ is intentional.
How much toe-in would be acceptable? The gap at the bottom is between 2 and 3 mm. I have yet to install a lining – should I taper it? Or is this as should be? It lines up nicely length wise across the top.
I’m new to woodworking and I’m sure this is a topic of debate, but if there’s a general consensus I’ll go with that.
Woodworking vises are made that way to compensate for the inevitable sag when the moveable jaw is extended. If you clamp a piece wood 100mm wide (for example) in it you’ll see that the two jaw faces are more nearly parallel.