We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Bench Vise?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
About Mechanics is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At About Mechanics, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A bench vise is a type of vise grip which is designed to attach to a workbench. Bench vises can be extremely useful tools to have, and they are stocked by many hardware suppliers and specialty companies. There are a range of sizes and styles to choose from, which is something to consider when buying a bench vise.

Vise grips are tools which are designed to be cranked shut to hold on to something. Essentially, a vise grip is like an extra pair of hands, but unlike hands, a vise grip can exert considerable pressure, and it will never tire out or get bored. Most vise grips consist of a pair of large jaws which can be moved closer together or further apart with the use of a crank, with safety measures or locks which hold the vise grip shut unless the user takes a specific action to open it.

Woodworkers and construction workers often have uses for a bench vise. The vise can be used to hold something while glue sets, or to hold pieces of a project in place while they are worked on. Without a vise grip, the worker might be forced to wait for an assistant who can act as an extra pair of hands, which can be a nuisance. Vise grips are also steadier and more reliable than assistants, and they carry the definite bonus of not being susceptible to injury if they are accidentally struck with tools.

Vise grips generally clamp onto a workbench with an adjustable clamp which can be used to move the grip around or change the angle. Some are padded to reduce the risk of scarring the workbench, while the jaws themselves are usually made from textured metal which provides traction and a firm hold. Jaws of different sizes and potential opening widths are available, and vise grips are also rated by the amount of pressure they can exert, from light to heavy duty bench vises.

This utility tool can be used in a variety of ways. Many people with a workbench or work counter who do construction or home improvement projects can benefit from having access to a bench vise, and some people invent some very creative uses for their bench vises. Like other tools with moving parts, a bench vise does need to be kept regularly oiled to ensure that it works smoothly, and it may need to be periodically wiped down to remove paints, glues, oil, and other workroom drips.

About Mechanics is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a About Mechanics researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

By Perdido — On May 21, 2012

My dad has a work bench vise in his shop. I have seen him use in for a variety of projects, and since he works alone, it comes in really handy.

He sometimes uses it when building model airplanes. He has to use epoxy resin to glue the parts together, and they need to be held together until the resin dries, which can take hours. He simply puts them inside the vise and clamps it gently shut, and then he can go about his business.

I have also seen him put jars in the vise in order to get a stubborn lid off the top. This is much easier than holding the jar still in one hand, because you can concentrate all your force on the lid.

By anon81357 — On May 01, 2010

Where are the parts of a bench vise?

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

About Mechanics, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.