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Protect Your Work and ToolsAll of our vises at school have cast iron jaws that can damage work and tools. So, I am in the process of lining them with wood inserts to save our rasps and gouges from damage. This also allows our students to have a better grip on the curved and rounded objects that we clamp, mostly mallets and spoon blanks. In order to provide an even better clamping (vising) agent, I recently introduced a second line of defense for the jaws and workpiece. These are thick rectangular paper pulp mats that I cut from a material called *Homasote.

Protect Your Work and Tools

Homasote is cheap, readily available and easy to cut into any form. We got many of our Homasote scraps from the sidewalk, like so many of our projects supplies, when they were tossed out at the end of a house renovation. Since I am an avid recycler, we put them back to work in the shape of jaw liners and bench mats.


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