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    Good idea. The corners of the big nut don't offer enough friction for my fingers. Cut from an old file (coarseness 2 or 3) two 1x1" pieces and glue them each to an 2x1" aluminum angle. Procure that these top-heavies don't fall off the vise jaws. Then clamp a thumb-nut between opposite corners and tighten a bit (5 min on a clock dial). Torque is not worse than a knurled nut.

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    Thanks Make Things! We've added your Knurled Nut Replacement to our Fastening category,
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    Congratulations Make Things - your Thumb Nuts are the Homemade Tool of the Week!

    A nice week for tools around here, but simple, clever, and inexpensive wins it this time - especially with a new fastener trick.

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    This is your 2nd Homemade Tool of the Week. Here are both of your Homemade Tool of the Week winning tools. Congrats again



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    Thanks Jon, that means so much to me!



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