Tool Talk

Do You Have Trouble Filing Straight?

Toolmakers Vise With Tubing

Toolmakers Vise With Tubing

If you have taken a class with me or if you have seen me work, undoubtedly you have seen me use a miter vise. My Ohio pal, Debbie Brown, introduced me to the toolmakers vise, a kissing cousin to the miter vise. What I like about this tool is that it is very stable (5 pounds) and securely holds metal between the jaws for easy filing. You can see in my first image a piece of copper sheet metal is peeking out between the jaws. Getting the sheet metal straight in the miter vise is clearly more of a challenge than it is with the toolmakers vise. Besides, by tilting it up on one end I found it easy to saw right next to the jaws, ensuring a straight line. There is a groove in the jaws to hold tubing. You can click on the images to see an enlargement.

Toolmakers Vise

Toolmakers Vise

What can’t the toolmakers vise do? Create miters. Darn.

Here is where you can get it if you are interested: Micro-Mark, part No. 21134, Regular Price: $53.95 – Anniversary Sale Price through Sept 3rd, 2013: $37.95.

~Connie

All images and text are ©Copyright 2010-2013 Connie Fox.

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