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Asymmetrical Vise Chop

Jeremy Wright
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:47:19 GMT

In sketching out my leg vise chop I'm considering an offset chop (mostly just for aesthetics). ~8.5" wide at top ~4" wide at bottom (~3" thick oak). Is this ok, or will it tend to rack horizontally? It seems like I've seen historical examples and could be similar to a jack leg vice, though the parallel guide would be vertically aligned with the screw.

Chris Schwarz
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:53:59 GMT

I have seen a few asymmetrical chops, including one that was Moravian. They'll rack a little if you try to clamp on the area outside the screw, but that is always the case with any chop. So feel free.