Vise Jaws

I got a 4" machine vise (probably an import) needing new jaws. What should
I make them out of? Never had to before.
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Marty Escarcega
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I'm going to make my next set out of brass, soft and easy to machine. I find that I hold a lot more delicate stuff in the vise and I'm tired of picking up my sheet lead soft jaws off the floor.
Ed Angell
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Ed Angell
When I was in Vocational school we made them from aluminum bar stock. It was great to be able to take a cut on them to be sure the vise was true and to hold specific items. Easy to make and easy to replace.
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Ron Thompson
IMO you should make tham from mild steel (maybe 12L14, easy machining). Have a pair of magnetically attachable soft jaws on hand for the delicate stuff.
Bob Swinney
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Bob Swinney
Make a set or two from steel, and a few sets from aluminum. Get it all done at once and you won't need to spend the time and effort for quite some time.
mj
And maybe make a set extra long. You *will* use them.
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michael
michael wrote in news: snipped-for-privacy@hitechnetworks.net:
Cool, thanks for the ideas guys! And I was paranoid about what to use! :-)
Marty
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Marty Escarcega

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