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Do-It-Yourself Soft-Jawed Vise
Here's an oldie but goodie that we spotted recently in an auto repair magazine.
  When you've got a soft part to put into a vise, it's always tricky to keep from bending or crushing whatever you're working on. A good alternative is to make your own soft-jawed vise.
  You can make one out of a single piece of 2 by 8 pine and it'll be easier and quicker to use than a conventional vise.
  You cut the wood as shown in the diagrams and then bolt the two stationary pieces to the top of your work surface. The third piece simply slides in to wedge itself against the part you want to hold. You can give it a couple taps with a hammer to lock it in place.

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5