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Tony Ennis
12-09-2009, 07:16 PM
Looks like my son is buying a flintlock rifle kit. What type of vise is used to secure the stock for chiseling, etc?

38_Cal
12-09-2009, 07:44 PM
I use a Chinese copy of the Versa Vise, like the Parrot vise being sold various places. Here's a link to one on Evil Bay...http://tinyurl.com/yhj2dfv. I think I paid abouot $35.00 for mine about three years ago. I use wooden vise jaw pads with rubber sheet against the stock, and you can make up a support for your bench to keep the forend at a reasonable height when you're working on the butt or lock areas.

David

HighWall
12-10-2009, 11:16 AM
Looks like my son is buying a flintlock rifle kit. What type of vise is used to secure the stock for chiseling, etc?

I have a Versa Vise as well.

Metalshaper
12-10-2009, 03:44 PM
IF I can get the camera to cooperate:D I'll try to get a pic of mine.

I use a standard 6" vise. I use a rubber magnetic pad covering the back jaw. On the front jaw, I have a floating/cam block made from wood and covered with a leather face. The pic, when I get it, will show what I mean!!

Respect Always
Jonathan/Metalshaper

HighWall
12-10-2009, 04:19 PM
I use a Chinese copy of the Versa Vise, like the Parrot vise being sold various places. Here's a link to one on Evil Bay...http://tinyurl.com/yhj2dfv. I think I paid abouot $35.00 for mine about three years ago. I use wooden vise jaw pads with rubber sheet against the stock, and you can make up a support for your bench to keep the forend at a reasonable height when you're working on the butt or lock areas.

David

I was just looking at a Shop Fox Parrot Vise I purchased for a friend as a gift. I got it from Grizzly and it's not bad at all. If they had been available when I bought my real Versa Vise, I probably would have gone with the Parrot Vise instead. It's actually nicer in some aspects than the particular Versa Vise I have and it's way less money.

38_Cal
12-10-2009, 04:42 PM
I was just looking at a Shop Fox Parrot Vise I purchased for a friend as a gift. I got it from Grizzly and it's not bad at all. If they had been available when I bought my real Versa Vise, I probably would have gone with the Parrot Vise instead. It's actually nicer in some aspects than the particular Versa Vise I have and it's way less money.
The original American made Versa-Vise is no more. Brownells has a copy made for them, but it's not an exact copy and parts don't interchange with the original. :confused: It's not as good as my Chinese copy of the Versa-Vise for about 20% of the price. This is one instance where you really do get a better product for much less when you buy Chinese! :D

David

anymouse
12-14-2009, 09:22 PM
I went through the same thing as you are now, but several months ago.

Mine was purchased from Grizzly as mentioned above by others. To this point, I am deeply impressed with it and really like its versatility.

The ability to remove it from the post mount and put it away off the bench is nice.

Happy Shopping!

Boucher
12-14-2009, 09:39 PM
There are some red rubber vise pads with a 1/4" Al back plate that Brownells sells. This rubber is supposidly from a missle launch tube originally. It is pretty tough. They also make a blue compound that is more for gripping steel. I modified a vise with these pads and they work great. They hold wood very well and I have never had a problem with marring the wood. I will try and post a picture tomorrow.

gwilson
12-15-2009, 09:23 PM
I use what is called a "universal woodworker's vise". It is really a gunstockers vise that used to be made in Germany. It has wooden jaws,and the jaws swivel to hold tapers. I use it on guitars. Woodcraft Supply sells them for about $99.00 last time I checked.

Boucher
12-17-2009, 08:42 PM
I have been using the pads from Brownells for many years. I don't remember who started making these but I got my first ones from him. Here is a stock set up for Inletting work.
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/boucherbyron/IMG_0042.jpg
This old vice is a POS but it works good for holding things at allmost any angle.

Here is a view of the vice and pads. The ones setting on the vice are for holding metal and have been modified to go into the mill vice. I don't do any heavy work but they work good to drill out the scope base screws that someone put the wrong kind of Loc-Tite on.
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n50/boucherbyron/IMG_0039.jpg

quasi
12-17-2009, 10:14 PM
the Parrot Vise that Grizzly sells is also available in Canada thru Busy Bee.

Metalshaper
12-25-2009, 07:38 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y181/metalshaper/metalshaper/GunStuff/PC250053.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y181/metalshaper/metalshaper/GunStuff/PC250052.jpg

these two pics show the jaw pad I made to use in my vise. the hardwood block ( it's native ash ) is arced on the back side and faced with leather. The wire "hanger" is a piece of coat hanger, that was fitted through and bent so it hangs on the floating jaw of the vise. I drilled the jaw , so the wire hooks in and stays in place.

in use, the "pad" automatically adjusts to any surface that is getting clamped! it will lock tight on a flat surface and also tightly holds odd angled shapes when I'm working down the stock pieces!! The fixed jaw, wears a normal rubber faced "jaw pad"

Respect Always
Metalshaper