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I just completed building my new workbench and mounted the new clamps. I was wondering what you recommend to line the jaws of the clamps with. I read somewhere that rawhide works best; is this true or can something less expensive be used..?

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I lined mine with leather, rough side out. there's a store here that sells nothing but hides & I got a small one for around $100. With that, I did a front vise & twin screw end vise and a bunch of clamps. I still have enough to do a bunch more clamps.

I can't imagine a better jaw lining material; grips well, leaves no marks and is really tough, much more so than cork. Smells nice too.

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I also use leather, rough side out. I only put leather on the chop as the bench side of the vise is used flush as a registration point. I did the chops on both twin screws on my current bench.

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Lots of folks likw the 'crubber', cork & rubber blend that Rockler (I think) sells. Very non-slip, probably won't dry out like leather eventually does, but probably nowhere near as tough as cowhide.

I use a low-budget pipe clamp vise on the end of my bench, and the chop is 2x SPF construction lumber. Hasn't marred a workpiece yet, but does need a little extra squeeze to grip against shearing forces.

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I have leather, that I'll probably use after my cork wears out. It's been on there now for three years, and I have no complaints with cork.

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1 hour ago, wtnhighlander said:

Lots of folks likw the 'crubber', cork & rubber blend that Rockler (I think) sells. Very non-slip, probably won't dry out like leather eventually does, but probably nowhere near as tough as cowhide.

I have crubber on my moxon vise and love it! if my  bench vise leather every goes south I will replace it with this. I got mine from Benchcrafted at Handworks.

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I GUESS LEATHER IS HOW I'LL GO. I JUST PURCHASED A 3X1' PIECE OF LEATHER FROM MONTANA LEATHER FOR $35.00. WHATS TYPE OF ADHESIVE DO I USE...?

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I use contact cement for the cork, and when I need to switch over to leather, I'll use it again.

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1 hour ago, Hammer5573 said:

I GUESS LEATHER IS HOW I'LL GO. I JUST PURCHASED A 3X1' PIECE OF LEATHER FROM MONTANA LEATHER FOR $35.00. WHATS TYPE OF ADHESIVE DO I USE...?

I used PVA glue. It's kinda permanent, but that's all I had on hand & I'll be worn out long before that leather is.

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14 hours ago, Hammer5573 said:

I GUESS LEATHER IS HOW I'LL GO. I JUST PURCHASED A 3X1' PIECE OF LEATHER FROM MONTANA LEATHER FOR $35.00. WHATS TYPE OF ADHESIVE DO I USE...?

HIDE GLUE ;)

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41 minutes ago, K Cooper said:

HIDE GLUE ;)

Hide glue would have been a much better choice than PVA, but...

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