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Nut and Saddle Vise

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Nut and Saddle Vise

About This Item

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

Nice vise/vice?

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Verified Buyer


My nut vise came in the other day, or saddle vise for the squeamish, and reading some of the negative comments in the reviews it struck me they were mainly nit-picky and actually reminded me of the man who walked into a hardware store during a snowstorm. "How much are your snow shovels?" the man asked. The owner told him fifteen dollars and the man jumped back, "Fifteen! They're on sale down the street for eight bucks!". The owner suggested he go down the street and by one, to which the man admitted, "Well, they sold out before I got there - but eight bucks!" The owner scratched his head for a minute, then said "I suppose if I didn't have any I could sell 'em for six bucks". Point is you can buy a cheaper vise at the import crap-tool store, but you can't buy THIS vice at the crap store 'cause they don't have them. Seriously, anyone who figures they can carve a nut/saddle from a piece of bone should be able to drag a file over a rough cast edge. We do know what a file is for, right? WD40? Just sayin'. And if someone can't fine tune this nice little vise maybe they aught not be taking tools to guitars. Bonus is it's heavy enough you can set it on a scrap of rubber shelf liner and have it stay put while you work on your nuts. Or saddle, for you prudes. Either way, you really need this little gem.

4.0

Good little vise

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Verified Buyer


It is a great little vise for multiple clamping needs. Build quality could be better and final QC needs improvement. The jaws do not line up correctly and the slide binds. After spending some time machining ,adjusting and lubricating the unit , it works very well.

Machined screw holes in the bottom of the vise would be great to secure the unit to a table/fixture.

4.0

Not as precise as I'd have hoped

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Verified Buyer


Thins thing is made in Taiwan, so don't expect America precision. But then again, it's not that expensive either.
The jaws don't align perfectly, so at some point I might want to grind them down a bit. I wasn't able to realign them by loosening the screws. As soon as I tightened them again, they were misaligned again. So that's definitely something, they could improve.
On the other hand, the vise does come in handy, and apart from the above problems it works just fine. It can indeed be clamped to a table, given the right clamp, but that's a bit of a compromise, because the clamp tends to get in the way at times. Something more thought-through would have been great here.
Since I'm living in Europe, I won't be sending it back for an exchange, too much hassle, too expensive, and it's still a nice little helper.

5.0

Great small vise

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Verified Buyer


Nice heavy small vise at a fair price. Superior to hobby shop vise for the same price.

5.0

great tool - essential!

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Verified Buyer


I use this all the time, for nut and saddle work, and really anything small. Really great to have in the shop. I would call it indispensable at this point.

5.0

Nut and Saddle Vise

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Verified Buyer


The past few years since making custom Mountain Dulcimers I have made my nuts and saddles either freehand on the bench or made simple wooden jigs to hold them while slotting and shaping. Finally decided to splurge on this vise and absolutely LOVE IT ! The two sets I have made in the last couple of weeks since getting the vise were not only easier to do, they also came out much better looking and sounding. Would recommend this to anyone that does any work on stringed instruments.

John Ellis, Sunny Day Dulcimers

5.0

Excellent

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Verified Buyer


Vise worked as advertised. Enabled high angle filing of nut. Price was reasonable.

5.0

Saves Your Hands and Fingers!!!

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Verified Buyer


This is one of the best purchases I've made lately. This vice is must have for working on nuts or saddles. I usually work on nuts or saddles using vice grips and flat files and it takes a heavy toll on my fingers and hands trying to hold everything in place while filing and shaping. Not to mention the many times things slip out of my hands or the filing job is not even. I use a standard C clamp on a lower side rail of the vise to clamp it to my work bench and I'm then able to work on a nut or saddle keeping both hands on the file. I not only end up with better results but I get done faster as well. Like my Dad always told me, "Use the right tool for the job...always"!

4.0

sturdy & well built

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Verified Buyer


I have not used it yet but it is a solid, well built vise. I still need to get a small vise that I can clamp to my work table to hold this vise. This is the only downside of the vise....it has no way to attach it to a table and needs to be held in another vise. This is why I give it only 4 stars

5.0

well made

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Verified Buyer


Very nice product to hold your small pieces while working. Price is right also.

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