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Nut and Saddle Vise

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Nut and Saddle Vise

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Nut and Saddle Vise

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A better way to hold nuts and saddles for easier, faster shaping.

Sure, most of us already have a shop vise. And for a long time, you've probably used yours to hold nuts and saddles for filing and shaping. But you've also noticed that your vise jaws get in the way when you're trying to file the top of that nut or saddle, so you're constantly repositioning the work in the jaws.

We considered the problem and designed a special vise that gives you the clearance you need for an easier and more efficient job.

The custom jaws are extra tall, with steep angles for easier access to your work. The end of the vise is beveled for extra relief, too. The 2"-wide steel jaws are hardened for durability and specially undercut to stay parallel under pressure, holding the nut or saddle uniformly without slippage.

For other jobs, the jaws open to 2-7/16", making it versatile for gripping all kinds of small work. This is a well-made, heavy little portable steel vise with a 2" x 5-5/8" footprint; you can clamp it to the edge of your workbench, or into your larger shop vise.

The Nut and Saddle Vise is included in the Essential Nut Making Tool Kit, which has all the basic tools you'll need for shaping, string-spacing, slotting and fitting string nuts like a pro.


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Making a Nut, Step-by-Step

Dan Erlewine, of Stewart-MacDonald's R&D Team, walks you through making and installing a new nut.

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5.0

Perfect for the job!

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In the past I've used a small portable vise for doing detail work on nuts, saddles and other small items. It worked, but the jaws on the vise had square shoulders that made it difficult to use files at an angle. This vise is perfect for the job. I just mount it into my big shop vise and I'm ready to go. I love how securely the work piece is held in this vice. It's simply the best way to go for nuts and saddle work.

5.0

Great customer service

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I bought the nut and saddle vise about 3 months ago in advance of when I'll be using it only to find that the jaws were not perfectly parallel. I thought I had passed my time of warranty but the customer service desk was extremely regretful the product did not perform and even sent me a replacement right away even before I had to ship mine back. This saved me hiccups in completing my guitars. I really appreciate their positive attitude and their concern for the customs. ChakerGuitars

5.0

Perfect Vise

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Don't know how I got along without this vise. I was using another one, but was continually bothered with the fact that I had to keep the file flat or I'd hit the jaws of the vise....this is perfect!

5.0

Great vise for small detail work

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I really like this little vise so far.

I resisted buying it for quite a while, sticking with my cheapo vise from Amazon, or holding small parts in locking pliers. I was a bit worried when I unpacked it - the packaging has all the trappings of the cheap Chinese stuff - generic cardboard box, and heavy metal vise covered in oil. Don't worry - the vise itself is fine quality - we're not talking Swiss precision here, but above average construction with nice, straight jaws.

The screw mechanism feels firm and there's no wobbling. The tall, thin design of the jaws holds small parts perfectly. You can work on parts from all sides, no problems with files or saws hitting the jaws. I haven't actually used it for nut making yet, but I've used it to hold stainless frets while undercutting the tang with a file, used it to trim bolts, clean up saddles, and hold a bunch of other small parts that are usually a pain in the butt.

I don't think it needs mounting holes. It's heavy enough to stay in place while filing small parts, and it's the kind of tool i want to move around while working on small parts.

5.0

Great for work on small items..

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The quality,price and usefulness is outstanding for guitar,nut,bridges ,electronics work.

4.0

Does the job, but needs adjustment first

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I loosened the allen screws, set the jaw alignment correctly and re-tightened. At that point it was nearly what I wanted. To finish off, I filed the top of the jaws to remove rough grinding tool marks. Overall, I spent a 30min to put this right, and now it is good.

5.0

An awesome helping tool!!

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This tool is great, makes any nut and saddle work a breeze. So easy to work with due to the shape design, any angle of your job can be done with nothing interfering your shaping tools, thanks Stew Mac!!

5.0

Great little vise Vise

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An excellent well engineered precision piece of kit. Does exactly what is meant to do, holds small pieces of material tightly and giving unrestricted access to the item to allow you to shape it to your hearts desire, unlike most other vices. In addition, its a well constructed, robust piece of kit which should last a lifetime of use. Well worth the money, you will not be disappointed.

5.0

Perfect Vise For Nuts and Saddles!

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Holds firmly, and most important, The extended jaws let it get out of the way for filing angled nut slots or shaping compensated saddles. A pleasure to use and it's priced so it's easier to buy it than to engineer it yourself.

4.0

Worth the Scratch

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I got this vise to assist in making a new bone nut for my Les Paul. It is flat on the sides & front, so you can rotate the clamped piece on your bench to work all exposed sides. Worked quite well.

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