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  • Member since
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  • From: South Florida
A shop vise
Posted by Having-fun on Sunday, January 15, 2023 4:23 PM

 

Hello!!

While working on La Pinta, my second wood model, I am finding out that a wood model has a lot of very small  parts, I am finding out that it would be nice to have a nice quality small vise to hold things in place while I work on them, so:

Can you guys recommend a good modeling vise of good quality at a reasonable price?

Thanks again

Joe



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    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, January 15, 2023 4:41 PM

I have two of these at work, and one on my modelling bench.  Great little vise.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057PUR88/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Monday, January 16, 2023 7:24 AM

A small machinist's vise is handy. They don't clamp easily to a workbench, but they are heavy enouph to work on small parts.  I also have a vise similar to those mentioned ealier, clamped to a corner of the bench.

 

 

 

 

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, January 16, 2023 7:05 PM

Micro-Mark has a variety of small vices for model builders. Have never had any problems with any of their products.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 9:20 AM

Hi Joe:

    Promise not to laugh?

      I have a scrap sink cutout on my bench, From a Corian Countertop. It also has a re-used Tempered Glass top that was a door from one of those large Stacked home entertainment SystemsWhy all this? I bought a Vise that came with extra hard rubber jaw covers from Harbor Freight. It has a Suction base. It has been in place for nine years now and never popped loose. It swivels and tilts just like the vise you pay more for in the Micro-Mark Catalogue!

  • Member since
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  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Monday, January 23, 2023 2:33 PM

Eaglecash867

I have two of these at work, and one on my modelling bench.  Great little vise.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0057PUR88/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

 

I checked the vise you recommended, it looks to be very nice, however I am unable to use it because the top of my workbench is made of plywood and on top I have a piece of cardboard and the suction base of this vise will not attache to it.

 

I finally purchased a vise from amazon, that looked nice, when it received it, I found it to be bigger than I wanted but, still usable. Here is the link:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Fasmov-Swivel-Universal-Table-Rotate/dp/B077XXQG41/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=small%2Bvise&qid=1674505768&sr=8-8&th=1

 

Thanks for the the recommendations.

 

 BTW. I apologize that I, by mistake, added this tread to the general discussions instead of the tools section where it belongs. I will be more careful next time.

Joe

 

 

  • Member since
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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Monday, January 23, 2023 5:19 PM

Glad you found one that works for you.  I rarely use the suction feature on my vise.  Its heavy enough to stay in place on its own with most things related to modelling.  The rubber of the suction cup gives it kind of a no-slip quality too.

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 10:34 AM

Note;

     The suction feature is not without problems for those without a smooth surface. There is a solutiion though. Go to Wal-Mart or a Cooking supply store. Find the heaviest sheet pan(Cake or Cookie) You can.Now clear a place on your bench. Put the pan in the area and sit the vise in the center. Lock it down! Now you not only have a place for it, But you have a catch tray for the debris from whatever you used the device for!

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Posted by steve5 on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 3:58 PM

might have to try that one TB .

 

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  • From: Colorado Springs
Posted by mawright20 on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 8:34 PM

Brilliant!!

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