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Cheap Easy Soft Jaws for Vise #4499236
08/27/17 08:42 AM
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iowa
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I've been using 1 inch by 1/16 aluminum angle for many years on my vise, and it grips much better than the steel jaws with no damage to the piece you're clamping on. I only need to replace them every few years and always have a couple scrap pieces of aluminum angle around anyway. Just cut to length, tap it to form around the top of the vise, and hold them with duct tape, and you can flip them back if needed.



Last edited by Traction; 08/27/17 08:49 AM.

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Re: Cheap Easy Soft Jaws for Vise [Re: Traction] #4499266
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Nice tip. Gracias


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Re: Cheap Easy Soft Jaws for Vise [Re: Traction] #4499301
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Been doing that without the duct tape innovation. The duct tape also reminds one to NOT bang on that part of the vise, and gives a little cushion if you miss.

I like it. Thanks for the tip!


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Re: Cheap Easy Soft Jaws for Vise [Re: Traction] #4502897
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I've made some like that out of copper pipe, split down the middle to form a sheet. The duct tape is a good addition, too. I use magnetic "tape" that goes onto magnetic white boards glued to the back end of the jaw liner. Those are much prettier than mine, hammer formed over the vise jaws.


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Re: Cheap Easy Soft Jaws for Vise [Re: Traction] #4502971
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Nice idea, thanks for posting.


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Re: Cheap Easy Soft Jaws for Vise [Re: Traction] #4503564
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Originally Posted By: Traction
I've been using 1 inch by 1/16 aluminum angle for many years on my vise, and it grips much better than the steel jaws with no damage to the piece you're clamping on. I only need to replace them every few years and always have a couple scrap pieces of aluminum angle around anyway. Just cut to length, tap it to form around the top of the vise, and hold them with duct tape, and you can flip them back if needed.



If you guys haven't tried this, your missing out. I do not use the steel jaws for anything but maybe bending. The aluminum grips much tighter, with less pressure.


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