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.
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, toolsforworkingwood.com
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, leevalley.com