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Bench Vise (ShopNotes style)

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Project by FreddyS posted 09-15-2013 11:26 PM 2659 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys, I was looking at the “parrot” bench vise, mostly used for luthier work and I knew I had seen something similar before, that I could build instead of buying, so I searched around and found it:
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So, I had to make it!, not quite as versatile as the commercial one but close enough, and once again I had lots of fun building it ;)

I went with the wood I had at hand so the size is different than the original, but the results and utility is the same I’d say, the vise opens up to 5” and works great.

Update: The t pipe handle thing is gone, now the vise looks nicer.

I will mod my work bench so I can place the vise in a couple of good places for guitar work.

I mounted the jaw faces a little bit different on purpose so I could add curved pads to hold odd pieces (guitar necks, etc.) later, like this:

Cheers!

-- Learning one thing at a time





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travislucia

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 12:05 AM

This looks outstanding, Adding this to future projects!

-- Measure Once, Cut Once, Be Unique

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 12:43 AM

What a great look’in vise, you did a tremendous job I bet it works as good as it looks!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 12:47 AM

Really a great idea, it will make any bench more useful.
Well made.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 02:04 AM

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#5 posted 09-16-2013 02:14 AM

Great little handy vise indeed. Nice job.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 02:18 AM

Excellent Vice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 09-16-2013 02:32 AM

Great job. Im sure you will get lots of use from it. Thanks for sharing.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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