Glossary Intro and Glossary Annexes

Glossary V


Vacuum Clamping

sometimes  Vacuum Press

Employing air pressure, a method of gluing slices of veneer to substrate. However, vacuum pressing can encompass numerous other gluing tasks, where larger surface flat areas of a project need to be forced together with pressure.

Sources: David Shath Square, The Veneering Book. Newtown, CT: Taunton Press, 1995; Greg Elder, "Vacuum Veneering", Fine Woodworking no 56 (January-February 1996), pages 70-71; Jeff Jewitt, "Buyer's Guide to Vacuum Veneering", American Woodworker no 44 (April 1995), pages 50-53; [Anonymous] "Vacuum Clamping System", ShopNotes no 40 (July 1998), pages 16-25.


As in variable-speed headstock (for work with a Lathe) or variable-speed electric motor (for work with a Router)

Variable-speed motors, in the generally accepted use of the term, are motors where the rate of rotation is adjusted by a controller. The intention of the variable speed function in a tool is safety of the tool's operator. On a Router, for example, an overly large Bit, rotating at 24,000 rpms, is dangerous. However, if the rotation rate is reduced to 10,000 rpms, the chances of an accident that will injure the router's operator is greatly reduced.

Veneer Press

Image below -- a "do-for" until I get something more permanent -- shows my home-made press for making torsion boxes, but in a pinch would work as veneer press:


Veneers and Veneering

Vise, Vice

The spelling vise is now usual only in America

Composed of two jaws, opened and closed by means of a screw, which firmly grip and hold a piece of work in position while it is being filed, sawn, or otherwise operated upon, a vise is used by woodworkers and/or carpenters for both hand- and power tool-work, and by machinists or anyone else who works in metal .

woodworker's vice with end dog

The following citations come from the Oxford English Dictionary, and need more complete editing:

1500 Nottingham Rec. III. 72 Unum vise et diversa files.

1584 Knaresb. Wills (Surtees) I. 145 All my stiddes, vice, all my naile tooles and all my hammers.

1677 MOXON Mech. Exerc. i. 5 The wider the two ends of the Spring stand asunder, the wider it throws the Chaps of the Vice open.

1688 R. HOLME Armoury III. 321/2 The Vice, called the Bench Vice,..holdeth all sorts of Iron work that requires Fileing.

1797 Phil. Trans. LXXXVII. 258 In this machine the body to be pulled asunder is held fast by two strong vices.

1827 N. ARNOTT Physics I. 177 It is a screw which draws together the iron jaws of a smith's vice.

1857 DICKENS Dorrit xxiii, A long low workshop, fitted with benches, and vices, and tools, and straps, and wheels.

1884 F. J. BRITTEN Watch & Clockm. 284 For nearly all operations connected with watchmaking either the work or the tool is gripped in the vice. 1866 B. TAYLOR Poems, The Waves, Bound in the vice Of the Arctic ice.

1901 Munsey's Mag. XXIV. 803/1 The doctor's hands, picking at the iron vise at his windpipe, grew feebler.

An essential tool, operationally, an accessory on Workbenches. Vises consist of two flat plate-like parts, which -- by tightening a screw -- can be drawn together for securing a workpiece while it is cut or smoothed.

("In American English, the "moral fault is spelled vice, while the clamping tool is spelled vise. In British English, vice is the preferred spelling for both the fault and the tool." Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, 1994, p. 940).

Vises consist of two flat plate-like parts, which -- by tightening a screw -- can be drawn together for securing a workpiece while it is cut or smoothed.

leg or carpenter's vise

Above, on the left, is the more commonly used, quick-action metal vise. Below, on the right, is the older style, tightened by a screw, but lacking the utility of "quick-action" for convenient tightening or loosening.

The example on the left comes from Ernest Joyce, The Encyclopedia of Furniture Making, 1979, page 56; the example on the right is from Arthur Wakeling, The Home Workshop Manual, 1930, page 435. In the image on the right, in the lower section, notice the "follower"; according to the size of the workpiece being secured, the follower secures the lower part of the vise.