How to Make DIY Soft Jaws in 60 Seconds!

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About: I am 15 years old and I love to make things. I spend my time experimenting with different technologies and making crazy inventions.

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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    GlennS94

    11 months ago

    Love It. Good Presentation and great project. Definitely KIS, but nothing wrong with that at all. How
    can I follow your future projects. Keep up the good work!!!!

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    Thanks, I tried to keep it as simple as possible. You can subscribe to my instructibles and or youtube channel to follow my future projects.

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    keets

    11 months ago

    Real KISS project!
    Very smart!

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    Monty124

    11 months ago

    Great to see some one reinvent these. We used the same in the 70's. One tip, place both sides in the vice to bend the ends, then you don't damage the work faces.
    Great, keep at it.

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    cfs0527Monty124

    Reply 11 months ago

    Yes- great presentation. I also made the 70s out of copper, quite a bit softer. Alum angle works too and cheaper. Good instructible Thanks!

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    I am glad you liked it. Copper might be better but I had aluminum. It is soft enough for most applications. It might be beneficial to make both types.

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    MartyK1

    11 months ago

    I have many vices, and they are hard to measure, but I do have but one vise, and this project is a perfect fit. Thanks!

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    charliewinters

    11 months ago

    Good thinking, thanks for the idea. You can improve on them a little by folding them a little long on the ends, and gluing on some magnets. This will help keep them from coming off as you open the vise.

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    PaulJ201

    11 months ago

    Cheeper than buying them and just as good.
    Thanks

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    hackinblack

    Tip 11 months ago on Introduction

    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.

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    DIY Hacks and How Tos

    11 months ago

    Your end product has a really clean finish. I am impressed. I need to make some of these for my shop.

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