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    Making life a little bit easier when using thin parallels in a machine vice

    Hi All
    How I stop thin Parallels falling over in the vice and other advantages.
    I find this a real help when loading and unloading stock from the vice. It also ensures the parallels stay upright and less chance of swarf finding its way under the parallels. I have a selection of paired different length springs so I can quickly change the setup for different width material.
    I hope you find this useful



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    If you don't have the correct size springs easily to hand, a strip of sponge or synthetic foam works well too.

    Most of the time I use a dab of cutting oil on the parallel and adhere it to the vise jaw.
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    Hello thehomeengineer,

    Springs fly out sometimes when squeezed too much, so be careful and wear eye protection. I always make my thin parallels (1/8") oily and they stick to vise jaws.
    Learned that from some video clip at youtube.

    Cheers,
    LMMasterMariner

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    Thanks thehomeengineer! We've added your Thin Parallels Holding Method to our Workholding category,
    as well as to your builder page: thehomeengineer's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Well it works, thanks for posting.

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