Nut and Saddle Vise

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

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Nut and Saddle Vise

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Nut and Saddle Vise

A StewMac exclusive. You'll appreciate the specially-shaped jaws.

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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.

Product Instructions

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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Nut and Saddle Vise

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Nice vise

By Little Crow from Atlanta, GA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 01, 2012

Good size and weight, and very well built. I only wish the base had oversized "ears" for clamping to a table (as opposed to clamping in a larger vise, which seems to be the intended use).

Nut and Saddle Vise

By Jim MacBrayne from Scotland
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 05, 2012

In the past I've found making nuts a real task as I just couldn't angle the files accurately. This tool actually makes the job a pleasure. I wish I'd bought one long ago.

bridge vice

By garydavid2011 from australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 08, 2012

this vice make life easy just clamp down good solid vice

The absolute perfect vise for small work

By Ricki Leigh from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 20, 2012

I got this vise for doing nuts and saddles.I had to lower an Ibanez string height, it was +.030 over spec. the only inexpensive way that could be done was to lower the saddle. So I measured the distance needed and still have the

proper pitch coming out of the bridge button. I made my guide mark with a .012 nut file then put it in the vise filed away and having those beveled edges made it easy to level my filing. And I was able to get the 12th fret action -.013 lower than spec. and it played fantastic. Thanks Stewmac for the great tools. Ms Ricki Leigh

Essential Tools!

By Wilmer Gingerich from Jamesport MO
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 17, 2011

If your going to do nut and saddle work why not make your life easy? This is a high quality tool that I use for all manner of tedious work! You're only limited by your imagination!

a must for saddle work

By Set-up Technician from Solon,Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 06, 2011

Great vise. I had to build base to clamp to table.

Unnecessarily Good

By Feral Customs from Seattle, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 02, 2011

Though not a necessary tool for the shop, this vise is convenient to say the least. It works great for shaping and sanding just about anything you can fit in it, not just nuts and saddles. The only thing I wish it had were mounting holes or an easy-to-clamp area so it wouldn't move around so much when filing.

The right size vise.

By Steve Combs from Littleton, Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 24, 2011

Everyone has a big vise around the shop, and yes, you can use it with small parts. But this little guy makes changing the part orientation, or rotating the whole vise, easy ways to make short work of small fiddley bits. Essential!

Don't know How I made it without it

By Guyfergy from Westminster, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I work on a lot of small things but never really thought about it much, except when working with blank nuts. This vise is perfect for for cutting and filing nuts, but found so many more useful things to do with it(electronic and mechanical projects). It has very heavy construction so you don't have to worry about damaging it. For light work, I use it by itself, but when filing nuts or heavier work I mount it in my vise. This thing has saved me a bunch of time and made my work easier.

nice tool

By Triskel Workshop from Antwerp, Belgium
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 31, 2011

perfect, as expected. This is a must have in any luthery workshop

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