The bench vise is one of woodworking’s most necessary and fundamental tools, vital for holding work while you saw, chop, pare, plane, scrape, and perform any number of other tasks on your projects.

Despite the vise being used so often, it is commonly misused. In my class or at workshops, I routinely see beginning students clamping stock the wrong way in the vise, sawing or paring in the wrong direction, and risking injury when the work slips and the tool jumps.

From Fine Woodworking #212