Whenever I work with my bench vise there is always the chance I'll become over zealous and mess up the finish of the piece I'm working on. Most of the time this is no big deal. However, for those times that it is, the only solution I had seen was wrapping a piece of leather around the piece. And invariabley the piece would slip. So in brainstorming for a gift for my Dad for his birthday I hit upon a solution: rubber. I decided to coat something in rubber that could be applied to the vise as needed. This should keep the piece in place and protect the finish at the same time.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
You'll need the following materials:
- Rubber grip in a can.
- Base material to be coated (I choose an L-shaped piece of aluminum stock)
- Twine, fishing line or some other way to hang drying pieces
- Magnetic tape (or magnets)
- E6000 (or other glue)
You'll need the following tools:
- Dremel, hacksaw or other metal cutting implement
- Bench Vise
- Marking pen
- Razor blades or knife (not pictured)
Step 2: Measure and Mark
Measure the length of the clamping area of your vise. (Picture 1)
Mark this length on your stock (Picture 2)
Cut the stock (Picture 3). Once this is done be sure to clean off any metal burrs with your dremel.