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    In Praise of the Parrot Vise

    Ah, the lowly Parrot Vise. Often under-appreciated except by gunsmith's and maybe carvers. I bolted mine to a carriage that clamps in my bench vise:

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    I shaped some swivel jaws out of some scrap maple leftover from some from some old commercial furniture. I added a small magnet in each that makes the jaw open and close with the vise yet still allows them to pivot when required:

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    It works great for holding small odd-shaped parts like a "pull" idea that I am playing with for a box . . . the scale isn't quite right yet . . .

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    The carriage is long so I can have some clearance if I really need to hang things out there.

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    I just wanted to share since it is proving very useful for something I am playing with right now. You never know, this thread might help someone out there who is having a difficult "holding" problem.
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    Thanks. I am going to have to build a similar "carriage" for mine. The jaws are also a nice touch.
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    I have a small vice (not as nice as yours) and a larger metal working vice both on carriages that fit into either of my woodworking vices on my workbench, they are really useful.
    That being said, your set up is very slick, I like the wooden jaws with the rare earth magnet you added very nice.

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    Why is it called a Parrot Vise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    Why is it called a Parrot Vise?
    Good question. It only vaguely looks like a parrot's head/beak in the most abstract sense. Probably one of those names that is used some places and not others. Versa-Vise and Gyro-Vise are brand names and I have heard them referred to as a 'Universal Vise' as if it were a formal name as well.

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    Mine is an inexpensive version and despite being called heavy duty, would not be suitable for crushing force applications. It does fine holding woodworking items for rasp work.
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    Gunsmiths, carvers and luthiers!

    I love my parrot vise! Great post, glenn!
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    Glenn, I just noticed in your last pic - you seem to have the ability to tilt at quite a range of angles -- it appears there's a second head or something that goes onto the base's tube and provides the horizontal tube, is that right? I don't have that part but I'd sure love one... might have to make me one like that.
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    A mod included with the Garrett Wade version. For a luthier I could see this being a big jump in usefulness.

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    Thanks for the post, Glenn. One of those would sure end a few headaches I have at times!!!
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    I can see that being real handy for carving. Thanks for the post Glenn.

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