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Holding a neck for carving and finishing

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Hi - What do you use to hold the neck when you are working on reducing the bulk of the material ?

I am looking to buy a vise and was wondering if there are other ways of holding teh neck


Aug 19, 09 | 5:03 am

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I use bench hold downs from Grizzly. The link is below. I mounted them to an 18" pieces of 2x8 which I screwed to the benh top at the edge. When you clamp the neck in place, make sure to use a caul. I'll take a picture and post it later.


Aug 19, 09 | 2:26 pm

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Here is a shot with the neck set up to work on the head stock. The extra 2x4 block allows the heel to clear the bench. As for the bench, I built it this size and with PT lumber so I can use it outdoors. I got tired of spending my weekend mornings indoors when the sun was shining.

This one shows a neck being held by the headstock for carving the heel. The neck was a practice neck. It's quartersawn oak with peruvian walnut in the center.

Aug 19, 09 | 3:07 pm

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This is what I use...


Aug 21, 09 | 7:48 pm
Ken Hundley

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Yeah, I need to work something out.....I think half the reason I suck at necks is that I haven't made an acceptable jig to work on them. Both of these are great ideas.

Aug 23, 09 | 11:52 pm
Ken C

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I haven't ventured down the path of making my own necks yet, but for holding a finished neck while working on it, I found the parrot vise (very cheap at Amazon) and LMI's inserts are a terrific combo.


Aug 24, 09 | 11:08 am

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My quick clamp set up is inexpensive and flexible. I can use the clamps for other purposes. Don's setup looks inexpensive as well and looks to provide plenty of support for working on the back of the neck and heel. I'm thinking of building one of Don's attachments. But I'm keeping my outdoor bench. Nothing like working on the neck outdoors. Try it you'll like.


Aug 24, 09 | 4:09 pm

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The setup DonB posted is similar to what I learned from Rick Davis. Being able to get easy access to the entire neck from any angle is very helpful. It makes keeping the profile symmetrical and even much easier.

Aug 28, 09 | 11:00 pm

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