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In this simple instructable I am going to show you how to not leave marks on wood when using a vice. Have you ever been working on a fragile piece of wood and held it down with a vice and then removed and noticed vice marks on it. Well I am going to show you how to prevent this from happening.

Step 1: Materials/Tools

Picture of Materials/Tools
1. Vice
2. Towel/ Shop Rag- anything that will fit in your vice.
3. Nice piece of wood or any material that you don't want to get marked up.
kleinjahr3 years ago
Oldie but goody. You can also make soft jaws from scrap wood or any materiel that is softer than what you're holding. Cruise around in google books and you'll find all sorts of old woodwork, mechanics and machinists books for free. A few are actually from the last century, most from the one before.
dontno4 years ago
One of the the things I used in the past is a old mouse pad. Then one day I had some time on my hands and made a set of removable vice jaws out of 3/8 inch scrap pine.
Personally, I prefer to cut a piece of softwood like jack8559 and glue them on there for a month or two. The wood deforms a tiny bit to the work and makes it much easier to hold. Of course, I usually work in metal and plastic when I'm using a metal vice.
jack85597 years ago
Using a couple zip ties, you could also tie a piece of wood to each vise jaw and eliminate marks and still have a reasonably good grip on your workpiece. The wood, if rough cut will have a large coefficient of friction making it grip well. Use soft woods if using rough cut wood for the "false jaws".
Kayjay7 years ago
I usually just wrap a shop towel around the wood ( basically just super thick paper towel)
Scott_Tx7 years ago
It's a vice to leave marks on wood with your vise
Very simple Instructable. I have something like this at home, and I always do this, good job, and thanks for bringing it here onto Instructables.
joejoerowley (author)  GorillazMiko7 years ago
Thanks, it is really simple and I figured most people know how to do this but some don't so I decided to show a few people how to do it at least.