Tools & Ma­te­ri­als

Even the best bench vise can’t prop­erly hold ev­ery work­piece for ev­ery task with­out a lit­tle help. That’s why you need a few ac­ces­sories to work in con­junc­tion with—or some­times in­stead of—a vise. Here are a few of our fa­vorites.


Fa­vorite vise aids, a big-ca­pac­ity bench­top join­ter, and more.

Gramercy hold­fasts

no. MS-HOLD­FAST.XX, $38.95 per pair

Th­ese old-school ac­ces­sories still de­serve a place in to­day’s shops for one sim­ple rea­son: They work well. Made of 3∕4" steel rod that an­chors in bench-dog holes, th­ese Gramercy grab­bers se­cure al­most any­thing—es­pe­cially work­pieces a vise won’t hold. A tap or two from a mal­let on top se­cures them, and a side­ways tap on the stem frees them.

Tools For Work­ing Wood 800-426-4613, tools­for­work­ing­

Ver­i­tas plan­ing stop

93∕4" stop, no. 05G23.01, $24.50; 171∕2" stop, no. 05G23.05, $29.50; 251∕4" stop, no. 05G23.07, $34.50

Th­ese stops ef­fec­tively pre­vent boards or pan­els from scooching for­ward while hand-plan­ing. Two posts on each stop an­chor solidly in 3∕4" dog holes. Sold in three sizes, the stops ad­just to fit your bench’s hole spac­ing. Posts on the small stop can be spaced up to 9" apart; the mid­dle model up to 163∕4", and the larger up to 241∕2".

Lee Val­ley 800-871-8158, lee­val­

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