I’ve been having a good old tidy up and done that thing where you stumble upon a great big sod off vice.
Now, if you’ve been lingering around from our old days you may remember this thing.
It was rather nicely given to me by my good friend Richard Arnold.
He mentioned he’d had it for years and felt it was a great shame that is wasn’t getting used. It was one of those classic “when I get the time…” cases.
He give it to me thinking I was one of those “doer” types. And yet here it is, found waiting as just a screw still, several years later.
I think this is a common problem; a thing can be deemed to be too good to use. I’ve been waiting for a very special job, something that could be worthy of such a vice.
As woodworkers I think we can all be sods at times for doing this with wood as well.
Many of the greatest makers pass with a hoard of their best timbers sat unused. They never found that special piece.
Well, I’ve decided. I’m building a workbench for this screw.
It may not become the greatest thing that matches this fantastic screw. But I’ve realised that doesn’t matter.
This screw is beautiful, but it’s also bomb proof and could easily be re-purposed on another bench in the future should I choose.
What’s important right now is that I follow through with my promise and actually put this screw to use.
I’m planning to cover a lot more about fitting vices in the future, but for now if you’d like a bit of guidance on choosing a face vice, then you could have a read here.
And while we’re on the topic of work holding, you may want to learn how to use holdfasts to improve the flow of your work.