In Tricks of the Trade

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Frustrated with my vise’s inability to hold odd-shaped pieces, I tried many solutions: v-notched face plates, cork, bubble wrap, leather, etc., but to no avail. One day I pulled an old mop out of the trash. I peeled off its bottom pad, cut it in half and fastened both pieces to the faces of my vise with double-faced tape. It works great with all sorts of odd-shaped parts, providing sure grip for sanding, sawing, drilling, filing, chiseling and more. —Bill Monahan


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