Essential Vise Accessories
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.
Gramercy holdfasts (pictured above)
no. MS-HOLDFAST.XX, $38.95 per pair
Tools For Working Wood
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.
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 ".
Bench Dogs: Best of Show
Pop-up vise dogs
2-pack, no. 05G10.22, $27.50
These spring-loaded "prairie dog" stops fit into the vise's outer (movable) jaw. When you need them, just press down and they pop up ready to use.