Who’s using a Pin Vise and what one?

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Forum topic by rustynails posted 12-22-2014 04:34 AM 1064 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2014 04:34 AM

I was just wondering if anyone is using a pin vise to drill starter holes for cutting out marquetry? (Insertion of blade) If so what brand are you using and are you using the ones that you manually spin with the small end or a larger palm ball end or the kind that have the spring spiral turning mechanism?

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#1 posted 12-22-2014 05:03 AM

I use a small bit in a small Dremel Tool. But I don’t do marquetry. I’m making holes for a jeweler’s fret saw blade and cutting carving wax for jewelry patterns or gold or silver.

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#2 posted 12-22-2014 05:44 AM

I use a x acto craft knife that is used for holding blades, you can also hold a extremely small drill in them as the blade holder is a 4 post collet. Presently I’m using #66 to #72 drills. Also I’m drilling veneer and not thick wood.

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#3 posted 12-22-2014 05:51 PM

Mine is a Snap On, a leftover from my working days. I have not used it that way, but it would work fine for that. I used it for small drill bits to keep torch heads amd welder tips unclogged, and for taking apart electric wiring connectors.

Check the vehicle repair shops in your area, look for a tool truck, maybe give them a call and ask when they show up. Mac, Snap On, Matco, Cornwell, they’re all good, little price difference
You can find cheaper ones, but for tools less than $20 why not get the best?

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 12-22-2014 06:10 PM

One o f the most common pin vises is the one made by General. It has a swivel top and 2 reversible collets. You can find one at your big box store. If you want an expensive one, Starrett has them.

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