Introduction: How to Make DIY Soft Jaws in 60 Seconds!
In this instructables, I show you how to make DIY aluminum soft jaws for your bench vice in 60 seconds!
Step 1: Watch the Video!
If you prefer watching videos to reading Instructables you can watch the step by step guide I made. If not just continue on with the Instructables.
I used aluminum angle for these jaws. It is 1/16in thick and the sides are both 1in long.
Step 2: Measure Your Vice Jaws
Measure how wide your vice jaws are. You should cut two pieces of the angle both 1in longer than your vice jaws. Because my jaws are 5in wide I cut my aluminum at 6in long.
Step 3: Cut the Tabs
Then measure 1/2in off of each side of the aluminum and mark little tabs on one of the faces. Cut these tabs out of the aluminum.
Step 4: Hammer Down the Tabs
Then put the short face of the aluminum into the vice and hammer the tabs down. This makes a friction fit which holds the jaws on the vice.
Step 5: Your Done!
Now enjoy using your new soft jaws!
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its better to make these with the folded ends horizontal (folded round the ends of the jaws);that way they hold themselves in place as the jaws are opened;you can also rivet (or glue!) soft plastic or wooden jaws onto the metal 'slippers',so they dont mark soft materials,such as plastic.