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Leg Vise & X Link Installation

Here is a very nicely done video by James Wright showing how he installs a VX20 leg vise coupled with an X Link parallel guide. James is a hand tool woodworker and produces videos from "Wood by Wright." His videos are very entertaining and his video productions is top notch. His leg vise is customized with butterfly keys and some nice carvings. He opted for the metal hand wheel to top off the installation. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/pb43V4g3gys  

What Does Molten Metal Have to do With Woodworking?

The end of the year is near and the Hovarter Custom Vise accounting department luckily found some extra money in the budget so we decided to spring for some new equipment. We purchased a Lincoln Square Wave 200 TIG welder! We have some new products that we are working on which will require some precision welding and this unit fit the bill. TIG stands for Tungsten Inert Gas and it utilizes a non-consumable tungsten electrode to form the arc [...]

A New Tool Added to the Hovarter Custom Vise Arsenal

I frequently use a utility knife in my day to day life and more often than not I must go on a search mission to find it when it is needed. Often I find it in or near our shipping department which is run by my wife. I decided to tackle this problem head on so I decided to head off to the local home center and buy another knife. My current utility knife is a basic solid handled [...]

Do You Still Climb Trees?

When our shop was built about 20 years ago there was a small oak tree about 15 feet away. It was a nice tree and provided some decent shade. It was also a good place to put out the bird feeders (and squirrel feeder) for the wide variety of Woodpeckers, Finches, Cardinals and Bluebirds. It is always interesting how the trees grow so slowly that you don’t even perceive how large they have become. Our once small tree had [...]

New Slotted Bearing for VX20F Face Vise

We have added the new slotted bearings for the VX20F face vise. The slotted bearings are an option to make it easy to create a close fitting slot to help reduce vertical racking with the VX20F face vise.  Vertical racking occurs when you clamp your work above the clamp shafts. If the clamp shafts fit very loosely to the front jaw then the jaw will try to pivot out at the top creating poor clamping. When you clamp work [...]

New Rear Bearing for the VX20W Wagon Vise

We have changed the design of the rear bearing for the VX20W wagon vise. The old style rear bearing used the front bearing from the VX20 vise mounted to a sturdy angle bracket. While the old designed worked well the new design has a few advantages. It is similar to an industrial style pillow block bearing and is made in one piece out of solid Delrin. It takes up less space than the old style angle bracket and is [...]

Welcome to the New Website!

After struggling with our previous website for so long we have finally launched a completely new site that fixes the numerous problems we had with the old site. All of the videos are now available on the gallery tab and we also have pictures of vises and benches on that tab as well. We were having trouble with the download of the directions but that has been fixed on the new site. We hope you like the new website [...]

New 5 Inch Diameter Handwheel for Wagon Vise

We have finally added the 5" handwheel to the website. This smaller handwheel is specifically for the wagon vise and is just like the larger 8" diameter wheel used with the VX20 leg vise and the VX20F face vise. The 5" handwheel comes with a quick release pin with a large split ring and also includes a smaller split ring which is less obtrusive. The large 8" handwheel shown above also now includes the smaller split ring which may be installed [...]

Additional Information on the VX20W Wagon Vise

I have received many comments and questions about our new wagon vise. This might turn out to be our most popular vise! The dog block for the VX20W vise mechanism simply bolts to the side with four 1/4" diameter hex head cap screws that are counter-bored into the dog block. It is designed for a 1-3/4" thick dog block but a thinner dog block may be used if you substitute shorter bolts (the dog block pictured is 1-3/8" thick). A [...]

Say Hello To The New VX20W Wagon Vise

  We are really excited to show the first images of the new VX20W quick action wagon vise. I wish this new vise was not hidden under the bench because I think it looks pretty cool! We have made a lot of refinements and improvements with this new vise. The housing is very small and is totally enclosed to keep the sawdust out.   The four bolts protruding from the side of the housing are used to mount the wooden dog block [...]