Terms of the Trade: What Is a Vise?

A vise with a block of wood inbetween.

If you need something to stay firmly in place while you’re working on it, a vise will come in handy and may be something you want to invest in for your garage or workshop. Vises have two jaws, one stationary and one adjustable by a screw or lever, that allow for securing a piece of lumber, pipe, or other material to be worked on. While hand vises can be attached to a bench and then easily removed, woodworking vises are usually permanently attached to a workbench flush with its edge, while an engineer’s vise is attached to the top of a workbench with the adjustable jaw on the outside edge.