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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 06-26-2021 01:20 AM 8488 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2021 01:20 AM

I watched a YouTube video this afternoon from Hand Tool Rescue, where he restored a fractal vise. I had never heard of, much less seen, such a vise and the machining and movement of the jaws is impressive. The video link is https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QBeOgGt_oWU.

Hand Tool Rescue is one of my favorite content creators.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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#1 posted 06-26-2021 01:23 AM

Weird thanks for posting. Kind of reminds me of the “gator grip” sockets and wrenches but way cooler.

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#2 posted 06-26-2021 06:40 AM

Awesome

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#3 posted 06-26-2021 09:52 AM

I would say he can fix anything but I would love to know how many hours he had in that. Thanks for posting the link!

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#4 posted 06-26-2021 01:59 PM

Wow, that is utterly amazing.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#5 posted 06-26-2021 03:12 PM

That is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#6 posted 06-26-2021 03:20 PM

I’ve never seen this type of vise before. Wild! I tried to find out what they are really called, as the word “fractal” isn’t as old as that vise. Fractal was coined by Mandelbrot in 1975.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 06-26-2021 08:43 PM

He posted a link to the patent in the notes below the video.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 06-26-2021 10:47 PM

Wowski, that’s cool.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#9 posted 06-27-2021 01:42 AM



He posted a link to the patent in the notes below the video.

- Lazyman


OK, but I guess he didn’t give it some sort of official name, like “fractal” vise, which “fractal” was not a word in the English lexicon when he invented it. Everything I’ve ever designed had a name associated with it, like “Electromagnetic Shielding Structure”, for example.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 06-27-2021 02:28 AM

The title to his posted video was “Rare Antique Fractal Vise (Restoration)”, so I went with what he called it. I did follow the link Nathan posted, that shows the 1912 patent for “Device for obtaining intimate contact with, engaging, or clamping bodies of any shape”. Calling it a “fractal vise” may not be the proper name, but calling it by its patent name doesn’t work for me either.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#11 posted 06-28-2021 01:21 AM

Fair enough. I read that title, and it really doesn’t work for me, either.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 07-01-2021 04:32 PM

That was the coolest tool I’ve never before seen! (I don’t care what anyone calls it!)

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#13 posted 07-01-2021 04:43 PM

yeah call it what you want it’s pretty damn cool.so now im wondering,does anyone still make them ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 07-01-2021 04:47 PM

https://fractalvise.com

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#15 posted 07-01-2021 04:47 PM

It makes me want to become a machinist just so that I can make one.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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