Vice for holding guitar necks/bodies?

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  1. Resolve

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    I'm looking for an alternative to the hugely extensive stewmac vice for holding guitar necks whilst carving etc.

    In the UK I can only find cheap multi angle vices used for model making but I'm after something more durable. I can't seem to find anything that I could use to clamp a neck between to aid holding the neck or electric body on its side to free up both hands for carving/shaping.

    Has anyone found alternatives?
     
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    TKOjams Senior Member

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    clamp it to your bench, or a table.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_b7caVFS18]May 24, 2012 3:05 PM - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Often, simple is better.
     
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    Black and Decker Work Mate. Absolutely the most versatile work table I've used.

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-WM225-Workmate-450-Pound/dp/B0000302VO]Black & Decker WM225 Workmate 225 450-Pound Capacity Portable Work Bench - Amazon.com[/ame]
     
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    WorkMate and WorkEnemy in the same package.
    I have a deep love/hate relationship with my Mate. :D
     
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    jkes01 Senior Member

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    I seriously thought about the Stanley hobby vice, but wasn't sure I would trust it with an expensive guitar.
     
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    bruce bennett Banned

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    for years I used 2 Jorgensen Twin Screw wooden clamps..

    You clamp one of them to the table and the clamped one becomes your vise. in fact with an extra "C" clamp, you can make all sorts of vise like arrangments.

    and come to think of it even though I do have the stew mac vise which is great BTW.. I Still never use it to carve necks with..

    I clamp flat to the table with a Jorgensen.
     
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  12. Resolve

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    Thanks guys! Very helpful info. I've also been flicking through my trade secrets book and found a jig for holding guitar bodies on the side of a bench.. but I can't write work out how to make one.

    The description says it's "two plumbers flanges mounted to the side of a bench and two jorgenson pony pipe clamps to fabricate the cleaning fixtures"

    If anyone is familiar with this could they elaborate for me?
     
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    Nope, not familiar but I can make an educated guess.

    Take some of these from your hardware store,
    mount them to the side of your work bench.
    get about a foot long piece of this,
    thread it into the flanges you mounted on your bench
    and then put these on the pipe.

    Use wood and felt or rubber etc... to make jaws to hold your work.
     
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    Plumbers flange:
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    Threaded for pipe, built to mount flat with screws.
     
  15. Resolve

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    I cant find any of those pony clamp fixtures in the UK, are they sold under different names?
     
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    They are more generically called pipe clamps.

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  18. Resolve

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    I am specifically looking for this vice:

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    Stewmac copied it/slapped their logo on it but it's been for sale inm the UK/europe before but I just can't find it anywhere available to buy from the UK.

    Can anyone help me out?
     
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    For initial milling operations, I clamp the guitar neck to the table of my manual milling machine and do the required operations.

    After that it's all freehand. I rough shape the necks with a 6x48 floor belt sander, and then use a random orbital sander for the majority of the remaining neck carve work. I do some corner work with a sanding drum on a die grinder, and some work on the headstock profile using my oscillating spindle sander. But once the rough work is done, I never clamp the neck down to anything.
     
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