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    Wooden jaws for a small table vise

    Hi again,

    I often use this little vise clamped at the edge of my work table, but for the kind of work I do the most (luthiery or wooden jeweleries or any delicate items), I need soft jaws, and by the way larger jaws, so I did this mod :



    The jaws are made of hardwood (oak), but instead of having removable jaws, that always fall off or necessitate two hands to hold it while closing the vise, I preferred to add permanent wooden jaws.
    I carved in the wood two mortises, the exact size of the steel jaws, so that they just fit in the jaws, and I epoxied them in place.

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    Thanks Christophe! I've added your Brush Modification to our Vises category, as well as to your builder page: Christophe Mineau's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:


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    Christophe,
    Great modification and the design gives me even more ideas about using other soft materials and attaching these with magnets.
    Paul

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    Very nice mod, Christophe. Would a softer wood work just as well for your purposes?

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    Hi DIYer, yes, I just used the wood I had under hand, let's say that the hardwood will not wear as fast as soft wood and I wouldn't have to replace it too early.
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    That's true. Work with what you have. I just asked that question because I am looking into making some soft jaws too and it will be for aluminum tubing. Thanks for the insight.


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