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Modification to end vise

by luthierwnc
posted 02-15-2018 06:31 AM

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 05:50 PM

Interesting solution to your issue.
I will be curious to see how you feel about clamping uneven stock a few months from now. :)

I remember seeing a post on this forum where a fella made a set of shims for just such an issue. He had them set up like a feeler gauge. You could pick the ones you wanted and insert them into the sloppy end of the vise. He had a cool method to keep them in place too when the vise was opened.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 08:43 PM

I have a pattern-maker’s vise on the other end of the bench and a versa-vise contraption that I can mount in all sorts of positions. For guitars, I’ve got a couple padded clamping cauls that are curved. One is carpeted. One has 2” memory foam which is pretty forgiving of body shapes. The latter also has a padded vertical cross piece with a neck opening so instruments don’t fall through while turning both screws.

I’ll need to work out a shimming system for steel-strings since the bottom of those instruments are an inch or more thicker than at the neck. Those have always been too irregular for the end vise without stuffing a 1X between the chop and the caul.


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#3 posted 02-16-2018 04:46 PM

It didn’t occur to me that my Avatar shows the first version of the vise. Too small.

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