IRWIN Woodworking Vise, 6-1/2-Inch (226361)

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Toe-in toward top jaws helps ensure firm grip on workpiece Square body seating for easy under-bench mounting Provision for installing wooden cheeks to protect work pieces 4-1/2″ jaw capacity perfect for light duty woodworking tasks Crated of forged iron for long-lasting durability
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‎6 pounds

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‎7 x 3.75 x 8 inches

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#14,895 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement) #4 in Bench Clamps

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February 19, 2004

9 reviews for IRWIN Woodworking Vise, 6-1/2-Inch (226361)

  1. KJC Muller

    Figuring how to best mount it to you bench can be a challenge but once installed it’s a solid vise. I thought I’d need big lags but wood screws are holding it tight. It’s a good Idea to work out your jaws before mounting the vise, I used 1/2″ nylon blocks and they turned out great. Note that the jaws do not come together parallel making contact at the top leaving a gap at the bottom. This is how a vise jaws are designed to work.

  2. Tim Thomas

    This smaller clamp is good for smaller items that you want to work with. If you are looking at this, then maybe our interests converge a little. If you find me on YouTube, I don’t make videos but I can really catalog them into groups. One group is literally all about clamps. Bench dogs, track clamps, DIY wood that looks like a race car, bought 4 of these here, aluminum anodized red.Just a little background, I know a lot about Clamping up an item for planing, sanding, drilling, glue-ups, and routing, and all of the pocket screw clamps. Stability is the key to a good project.The Irwin bench vice is best used at the end of the workbench. Many people will add a piece of 1×4 or 1×6 wider than the vice. But where they falter is in not recessing it into the side of the bench.Pull it out of the box and see. If you add the scrap boards, don’t go over 2-3 inches out on the ends. Can cause warping and be less effective.Then, if you notch, oh yeah, cut up your new bench, to make the inside edge of the wood jaw flush with the outside edge of the bench.You will have a more stable work area. The clamp will become an extension of the workbench. And both can be used as one. A couple last tips. Leave the wood just a little higher than the bench and sand flush. Also you can attach a thin piece of raw leather suede side out, or a finer grit sandpaper.

  3. Art HarringtonArt Harrington

    The media could not be loaded.  For a woodworkers vise this thing for the price is fantastic. It may not be the best of quality you can get nor the most heavy duty but it’s still a good buy.I luckily came across this vise in a Youtube video and saw that Amazon carried it and when I saw the price I definitely had to get it. The installation was straight forward. I won’t go into how to install it because you can find numerous videos online that go into detail on how to install it.If you plan on adding wood pieces just don’t forget to screw your wood piece onto the rear vise that attaches to your work bench first before attaching it to the work bench. Your vise opening, how wide a project that can be secured, will depend on how thick the wood pieces you use. In my case it’s 4 1/2 inches. I’m a novice wood worker so this vise is enough for me. If I ever expand into a professional wood worker then I may get me a professional vise but I’m happy about my purchase right now.

  4. Thomas GarbelottiThomas Garbelotti

    Would I prefer a $150 vise? Of course, but for an amateur woodworker, this is a great little vise for the price. Easy to install, and very handy. A couple of small pieces of oak, and you’re in business.

  5. Dale

    Mounted to my reloading bench. Works great…but that’s not why you’re here. You want the story…So there we were reloading. Beers, bullets…(drink responsibly especially when reloading.) Uncle Billy decides he’s going to play with the vise. Against our better judgment we let him make a few improvements. Yup…I know what you’re thinking. Why would we let him do such a thing? Well…we were bored I guess. So uncle Billy gets to work. Next thing you know…well I’ll save you some time. He’s now known as 9 finger Uncle Billy.The vise is a great value and an amazing vise for wood work especially for the new wood worker or weekend hobbyist. 😀

  6. L.A. Burt

    This vise is incredibly inexpensive, and is made of cast iron. It’s extremely simple in design, fairly light weight, and I was able to install it myself with a few tools. Other reviewers have said that the two plates don’t always meet completely flat against each other, face to face. I have found this to be true in my case, with a slight gap at the bottom of maybe 1/16″ (thus the 3 star rating for craftsmanship). Doesn’t really bother me at all, it will hold wood just fine. I attached plywood jaws to mine, to protect the clamped wood I use to build picture frames. The vise has countersunk holes for all screws, which is great. In my opinion, you get what you pay for, and anyone who is expecting high precision from a $20-$25 vise is being unrealistic. This is a very good all-purpose vise, at a very reasonable price, and I’m completely happy with it!

  7. Christian MoussaChristian Moussa

    First off, a word of warning. Do not open the clamp up all the way to the very end without holding both ends or you risk losing your toes. While testing to see how far this thing opens up, I loosened it fully, and due to the dual beam support, I was unaware that the vise had come apart as it was still slightly supported. When I tilted the vise, the front part fell about 5 inches away from my foot. It not falling on my foot was the difference between a 5-star review and a long visit to the ER. You have been warned.As for the positives, for $20, you get a woodworking vise that can handle a large variety of tasks. When you apply wooden planks to the inside of the vise, you will need to drill out 2 holes into the wood on the side that attaches to the edge of your bench. Make sure to attach your wood first, drill your holes through your wood, then predrill holes in your bench for the vice. Make sure to have your screws recessed into the wood to avoid damaging any wood you clamp.The edge where you need to screw or bolt in the vice from the underside is quite close to edge so you need to make sure to drill carefully into the side of your bench to avoid any issues. I definitely recommend measuring twice and thinking everything through before installing. The worst case would probably be chipping off a small part of the side of your bench and moving the vice to a new location. To avoid this, just be patient.I used two #10 2 1/2″ screw for securing the vice horizontally and two #12 3″ screws for securing it vertically. They work perfectly for the size of the holes. I pre-drilled holes with a 3/16″ bit into my workbench to secure the screws. I really wanted to bolt it into the bench horizontally, but I could not find #10 5″ bolt screws to secure the vice into the 4×4. It would probably be overkill anyway. I also used four #10 3/4″ screws for securing the wood into the vice which worked out perfectly. The metal beams that secure the angle of the vice rubbed against one of the pieces of wood at first, but opening and closing the vice a few times wore down the part that was touching and it now works smoothly again.I used a couple of pieces of pine for the wooden clamps which work great. Pine is not hard enough to damage any wood that’s clamped in the vice, but is strong enough to withstand wear. I finished them with some beeswax and this vice is good to go.The clamp holds very well and allows for some great detail work. I highly recommend this vice for the novice woodworker and the professional who just needs an extra vice for fine work on smaller pieces.

  8. UncaWoody

    Whether you are beginning, or have spent a few years making sawdust, this vise is a great addition to your arsenal. It is compact, yet sturdy. Mind you…it doesn’t have the jaw capacity of the hundred dollar vices…but it doesn’t cost a hundred dollars either! I have had mine a couple months now and sometimes marvel I didn’t get one sooner. Mounting is simple…2 screws/bolts (not provided) drive thru holes in the underside flange. You could use lag screws for non-thru-hole mounting, but I just drove 1/4″ carriage bolts thru my bench. The vise is pretty solid, although somewhat light. Don’t expect it to support a 16′ 2×6. But it will hold reasonable sized pieces firmly, which is all I ask of it. Great buy on a very decent product. If you’re on the fence about buying one…I’d recommend pulling the trigger on this one!

  9. GRGR

    Woodworker’s vise is great! It is a tool every man needs to have. First, we all need an extra pair of hands in the shop. This tool can provide just that. Pieces of scrap wood can be bolted to the sides to not mar the wood piece you are working on. The vise is 6 1/2 inches across. And currently the price can’t be beat from a solid brand. Well constructed will extend out to around 5 1/2.

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