A good carver’s vise should be adjustable in all three axes. This one has full rotation in two axes and 3″ of height adjustment in the third axis. But more important, it has controlled release; when you relieve the clamping pressure, a combination of internal springs and O-rings provides residual resistance so that your work does not suddenly fall or rotate. You can reposition the work and adjust it exactly to your liking without needing three hands. This feature virtually eliminates accidental damage.
The vise can be bolted directly to a bench or clamped in any standard vise; the base has two flats on it. Alternatively, the vise can be side or top mounted through any standard 3/4″ dia. dog hole using the auxiliary rod/sleeve/wing-nut assembly, usable on benches from 5/8″ to 4″ thick.
Finally, the body is arched to let work overhang the edge of a bench when top mounted, giving maximum flexibility of use. The body is made from ZA-12 (an alloy as strong as cast iron but less brittle, at only 80% of the weight) with a solid brass hub and a repositionable gyratory locking lever. It has three screw slots with bottom counter-bevels for standard wood screws.
Included both a 3 1/2″ dia. by 1/2″ thick mounting plate with a steel rod and the 2″ dia by 1/2″ thick mounting plate with a steel rod
For mounting smaller pieces, such as duck heads or bird carvings, use 2″ dia. mounting plate with rod. Made in Canada.
This tabletop vise economical, but functional. With 3″ jaws lined with tough rubber, it will not scratch precious metal. The clamp has a wide enough opening to fit any bench or table. The ball and socket configuration allows the jaws to be tilted and rotate 360°, but holds jaws firmly in place at any angle. Fits any bench up to 2-1/8″ thick.