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    Pen vice

    I am thinking of buying a pen vice and there seems to be two I have found one at Axminster tools and one at Turners Retreat [PBCV Pen Blank Vice]. I would appreciate any help in deciding which one to go for.
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    James, Phil Dart at Beaufort Ink was promoting his pen vice recently which you could check out before you buy.
    I can't advise as I am still using my bench vice.
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    Thanks Alan, I did not explain myself well I want a vice to use with a drill press.
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    Have a look on youtube and you will find loads of hints on how to make one, its cheaper than buying one.


     
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by rendauphin View Post
    I want a vice to use with a drill press. Jim
    Is it for holding blanks while drilling?

     
     
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    Yes. It would still be useful to know what others use but I may take up the suggestion to make one.

     
     
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    Look for 4 inch prismatic jaws I have found a pair of these transform and assist holding.

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    I can't remember if I bought it from Axi, but I use one similar to theirs. It clamps via a lever action rather than a thread and tommy bar, and is therefore instant to operate. I've never had an issue with it and it's served me well over the years. I clamp it to the table of my pillar drill with Klemmsia clamps, but you can use any sort of clamp if their throats are deep enough. Axi say says it opens to 33mm, but that's across the diagonal of the blank, into the v-grooves, so in fact that equates to a 23mm square blank. However, you can adjust the "factory settings" slightly, after which it will hold blanks up to about 27mm square. It will hold blanks larger than that, but you have to chamfer the corners that aren't being held, so that they pass between those two black guide bars that you can see in the Axi photo.
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    I have the Turner's version and it works.....again as Phil said about the Axi one, you are limited on blank size.....also I found a little bit of flex if drilling really hard material, but that was easy to sort with a thin plastic shim. It also gives me something to pull shaving out with
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    I have one of those X Y vices but just about anything that holds a blank vertically works. I put some wood jaws in it with a V cut in the face but Peter's prismatic jaws would be better.

    Pete

    I'll add that we had one of the black ones Lee Valley sold originally but didn't like it so gave it away.

     
     

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