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Guitar vise

Postby Steve Sawyer » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:07 pm

I really like the looks of the StewMac guitar repair vise, but at over $150 it's a bit steep, so I cobbled up one of my own for less than $20 and some odds & ends around the shop. An 8" wooden handscrew forms the basis. The knob is one of those from a jig fastener kit that everyone sells. I drilled out the 5/16" brass threaded insert on my mini lathe and pinned it to the screw using a spring-pin. I pivoted the bottoms of the jaws with some bushings from the local hardware store. To secure it to the bench through one of the bench-dog holes, I threaded the center block for a 1/4-20 piece of threaded rod, and epoxied it in place. Some leather secured to the jaws with some contact cement finished it up.

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Re: Guitar vise

Postby JC Whitney » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:49 am

Brilliant!
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Re: Guitar vise

Postby Steve Sawyer » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:11 am

JC Whitney wrote:Brilliant!


I'm not sure "brilliant" is warranted, but thanks!

I spent a lot of time thinking about this before I arrived at the simple solution. Some of the earlier designs would have taken me a week to realize instead of an afternoon!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Guitar vise

Postby Bob Howell » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:51 am

I have used those wooden clamps for many task but this is a new one. Thanks.
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Re: Guitar vise

Postby David King » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:53 pm

I like looks and safety of this vise but I wouldn't want to be without the security of a pattern makers vise. Sadly, while these used to be widely available for $89 the price now seems fixed at $135. Still a bargain considering the holding power and adaptability. I replace the stock wood jaws with maple ply and cut matching parallel grooves in the jaw faces for extra security when holding onto necks and round bar stock. A thin leather lining also adds to the security. Your vise has given me the idea of draping a leather strap between the tops of the jaws as an extra measure. Thanks!
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Re: Guitar vise

Postby Steve Sawyer » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:32 pm

David - if you're finding good pattern-makers vises for $135 - that's a steal, especially if it's an Emmert or equivalent. A lot of those turn up missing parts or with broken castings, and you'll pay top buck for the parts too!

Those are REALLY nice vises!!
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Re: Guitar vise

Postby Jason Rodgers » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:45 pm

This is excellent. Good thinkin'!
-Ruining perfectly good wood, one day at a time.
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Re: Guitar vise

Postby David King » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:42 pm

Steve,
We most definitely aren't talking about an Emmert but the Taiwanese knock-offs of the original $350 German vise that Stewmac et al now sell.
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Re: Guitar vise

Postby Mark Wybierala » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:22 am

I've been looking for ideas and I really like this one. I have the original stewmac vise but I don't think I'd buy another at the current price. I need to set up a small satellite shop at another music store that I serve and one at my home. Thank you.
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