2 More Ways to Improve your Vise’s Grip


We’re all the time searching for methods to enhance the grip of the vises
on our workbenches. Over the past decade I’ve mentioned how
to make use of
suede or adhesive-backed cork
to enhance a vise’s gripping
energy. Benchcrafted recommends “Crubber” (which I
haven’t tried but) and lots of woodworkers merely use
adhesive-backed sandpaper.

Final 12 months, Jennie Alexander despatched me a bit of
3M Safety-Walk 370
adhesive-backed tread to attempt on my vises
and handscrews. And I’m embarrassed to confess it that I’m simply
now getting round to taking part in with it.

The 3M Safety-Walk 370 tape.

The 3M Security-Stroll 370 tape.

The 370 tape is beefy stuff – the floor is a rough gray
polymer that lightly grips your workpieces however received’t mar them
(not less than in my expertise to this point). The stuff is a bit
costly, however if you happen to search round you’ll discover firms that
will promote you only a couple ft of the stuff as an alternative of a 60’

The 3M black tape from the home center.

The 3M black tape from the house heart.

In looking out round, I discovered another 3M Security-Stroll tapes at
my house heart together with the 7636NA, which is a grittier
abrasive that seems like heavy rubberized sandpaper. You’ll be able to
additionally purchase this in
60’ rolls
or the house heart will promote you 15’ ft of the
four”-wide stuff for about $21.

I picked up a roll of the 7636 tape this week and have been
experimenting with each to see which one I want.

Listed below are my preliminary experiences.


Each tapes are heavy-duty with a powerful adhesive and could be
simply lower with scissors. They lay flat and stick exhausting.

In evaluating their holding energy, each tapes elevated the grip
of my handscrews. However they’re totally different. The rubbery 370 tape
didn’t add as a lot grip, nevertheless it didn’t mar the work. When the
work did slip, it was unscathed.

Scratches made by the #M 7636 tape when the work slipped.

Scratches made by the 3M 7636 tape when the work slipped.

The black 7636 held the work higher however when the piece
ultimately did slip (after placing all of my 185 lbs. on the
workpiece), the tape left ugly scratches on the work – like
what you’d get from #60-grit paper or coarser.

So I believe I want the gray 370 stuff for woodworking.

— Christopher Schwarz

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