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Forum topic by Marc5 posted 05-10-2010 03:18 AM 4948 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2010 03:18 AM

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I am in the process of building a new workbench and will be outfitting it with 2 vises. I most likely will set up some sort of a tail vise or quick release vise and have been thinking about a pattern makers vise for a front vise. I think the versatility may be useful some day as it is able to be spun, tilted and is able to grip odd shape material. The vise is rather large and priced significantly higher than most vises and cost weighs in at about 50% of the decision. As I hope this is the last bench I build, I am really thinking about the manner in which I set it up. What I am wondering is if any of you out there is using a pattern makers vise and can let me know you would recommend this type of a vise over a traditional one?

-- Marc

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 03:46 AM

I have a copy sold by woodcraft it does a lot of things other vices won’t but it is exspensive. I have used mine for such things such as as carving and hold things at angles imposible with other vises.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 04:23 AM

I have a stockmaker’s vice;

This vice swivels 360 degrees and will hold moderately non-parallel surfaces. It mounts easily on the bench thru one of the existing 3/4” dog holes.

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 11:32 AM

Thanks guys. I appreciate your input and it helps with the decision making.

-- Marc

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#4 posted 07-19-2011 07:08 PM

I now find myself in a similar situation, finding your posts in a search for “Patternmakers Vise”.

I have a great vise and am building my first workbench on which to mount this beast.

Can you offer any advise on mounting the vise? I have stalled at the prospect of how to mount the tabletop to a skirt that will also support said vise and (planned) 4×4 legs (trestled together to add stability).

All the Best,
Paul, Iowa

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#5 posted 07-19-2011 10:03 PM

I would also like to have one of these and if I can find one I may buy it and put it on the back side of my work bench for odd shaped work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 07-19-2011 10:23 PM

I have it on my keep an eye out at yard sales, flea market and antique store list. Not sure if I would pay full price for one. I’m thinking about a dedicated carving vices for odd shaped stuff.

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

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#7 posted 07-19-2011 11:04 PM

Wise choice in my opinion. I use one for an endvise. It is a very versitile vise as well. I have two other speed veses near by but use the pm vise more than the others.

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#8 posted 07-20-2011 01:30 AM

I really want one of these things! How great it would be if you could buy one new again. Does Highland make their clone anymore?

-- jay,

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#9 posted 07-22-2011 04:14 AM

Hey Paul

I apologize but I am unable to help on this one. I was looking for a old one on Craigs List and Ebay with no luck. Since I never got to see on in person I opted for a leg vise and completed the bench. I still look from time to time and when I see one I will jump all over it.
I will take any tips you have when you install yours.

Good Luck!

-- Marc

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#10 posted 07-22-2011 07:40 AM

I had an Emmert vise and I sold it. While it was really cool, in use it’s a lot
of iron and it has no quick action mechanism so there is a lot of cranking
involved. There are other ways to solve problems of holding awkward
work. A patternmaker’s vise is nice to have, but not essential to effective
furniture making.

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#11 posted 07-22-2011 06:31 PM

In regards to mounting, I mounted my vise to a steel plate, then mounted the steel plate to a recess in my bench. It saved me a lot of headache.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 07-25-2011 04:27 AM

Thanks Al. I’ll have to give it a go and let the mistakes teach me, and hopefully prove instructive to another.

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