Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review of Two WoodRiver Vises: Pattern Makers' and Gunstock

Long ago, I drooled on the Tucker vise page of the Lee Valley catalog. Seemed really nice; seemed really expensive.  So I punted and got a typical quick-release vise.  Works great, for flat stuff.

Recently, I took a class from Michael Fortune and had him over to my shop.  Showed him my projects and he recommended these two vises from WoodRiver.

The Pattern Makers' vise is an Emmert vise-like vise (as was the Tucker, which is no longer made).  The Gunstock vise is a different style vise, but has a lot of uses.

In this review, I'll show you what they do and how I used them on some curved and tapered table legs I'm working on right now.

They aren't cheap so getting a chance to see them swing around and how you can use them is likely a good thing.

17 comments:

  • ChrisHasFlair said...
     

    Hi Paul-Marcel,

    As a owner of a Tucker vise, I've wondered about the quality of the Woodcraft version. I'm not about to trade you, but it looks good, and has the extra floating jaw on the right side, too.

    Can the rotation of the gunsmith vise be locked?

    And you're going to have that table done by, say, mid-October, right?

    Chris

  • Richard said...
     

    HI Paul Marcel

    Great review as usual. If you have any time left would you like a challenge?
    That is... to fit the Pattern Makers' Vice with the inside face of the rear jaw flush with the front of the work bench. I have one ready to be installed onto my bench and would love to see your method and approach.

    Here are a couple of fitted versions:

    http://www.marcfish.co.uk/docs/F&C181%20P4-9%20Man's%20Best%20FriendVD.pdf

    http://cornishworkshop.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/i-wanna-tell-you-story.html

    Richard

  • Brian said...
     

    P-M,
    Great review, I've been thinking about vises and planning on building myself a bench in the near/distant future (a few years probably) I might have to get one of these vises. Very nice.
    Brian

  • Paul-Marcel St-Onge said...
     

    The rotation of the gunsmith vise can't be locked as delivered. Probably could be modified easily enough, though.

    I don't think I'd want the vise fitted, Richard. Seems like it would lose some of its degrees of freedom, like rotating the head around. Granted, you should be able to flip it up then rotate, but rotating it while the faces are vertical seems like the most common pivot I'd do.

    I'm going to use Paul Schürch's scheduling method for the table: it will be done within 7 years.

  • Cedric said...
     

    Sounds like its time for a visit to… see how you're doing?

    I'm hanging out at a shop now with an Emmert vise and that thing is sweet.

  • Anonymous said...
     

    Does your continuing silence mean you've done an "Alice Frampton", Paul?

    I hope not.

    C'mon!...

  • Paul-Marcel St-Onge said...
     

    I don't know who Alice Frampton is, so can't really answer to that :)

    Yeah, I disappeared for a bit; many things going on and needed a break as I got into circus arts. Been cleaning the shop today, have a box to complete for my uncle, then will be back at some projects and videos.

  • Anonymous said...
     

    I check in once in a while to see if you're back. I was pleased to see your response from 10 days ago.

  • JAS said...
     

    Glad to hear that you will be back sometime in the future.

  • JAS said...
     

    It's almost a year since we heard from you. Hope you get the urge to make a post soon.

  • pmelchman said...
     

    one year ago today....lol

  • Brian said...
     

    it seems the angle madness really did drive you mad. makes you wanna swing around from ropes like a monkey... remind me to not make anything with that much complexity. :)

  • Anonymous said...
     

    Well, as a New Year's Resolution, I'm taking Half Inch Shy off of my favorites. Hopefully, I can put it back on one day...!!!

  • Mason Richman said...
     

    Hi Paul-Marcel, do you ever work with reclaimed wood? If so, do you have any tip/tricks you'd be willing to share? I've been working on a guide for picking wood type, working, and caring for reclaimed wood - in the context of furniture. If you're interested, I'd love to pick your brain for a bit and add your feedback. Thank you for your consideration!

  • mirriam ndunge said...
     

    well

  • Anonymous said...
     

    Hmmmm, so is your blog dead now? No posts in almost 2 years :(

  • Jese said...
     

    Paul-Marcel, come back!