How to Not Leave Marks on Wood When Using a Vice.

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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.

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Step 1: 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.

Step 2: Drape Towel Over Vice

Now simply drape the towel over the vice and use it like you would normally. Alternatively you could zip tie 2 towel to each side of the vice for more permanent use.
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    8 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 2

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    11 years ago on Step 2

    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".


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I usually just wrap a shop towel around the wood ( basically just super thick paper towel)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    1 reply

    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.