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    Went to the mailbox this evening and got a new catalog from Lee Valley.

    Flipping through the pages quickly I don't see much that interests me right off.

    But then..........................I flip over to the back cover..............and there it is,
    my meal ticket, my retirement home in Maui.

    I was flabbergasted.


    Turns out that someone finally came up with an idea I had about 5 years ago.
    I made myself a spacer set like the one on the back cover of the catalog, but out of
    some scraps of 5mm Luann, theirs uses thinner leafs of plastic, probably about a 1/16 thick.

    Mine has the ends of all the leafs drilled for a 3/4" dowel, and each leaf has a 3/4" hole near one end.
    Assembled its like a set of feeler gauges, but its for use with your end vise on your woodworking bench. I use it when working on smaller pieces of stock that I want to clamp near the end of the vise. As anyone knows who has used a vise like this the jaws will often times jam if only clamping on one end, hence the spacer set is used to create a spacer close to the thickness of the workpiece so the vise does not get jammed. I'll get a photo of mine this weekend and post it for you to see. Its very simple and easy to make. For the thinner leafs I could add some pieces of Formica.

    I had often thought of sending it in to one of the WWing mags. you can win a nice power tool or a nice hand plane from Lee Valley or other quality tools. Usually the top prize is in the $200 to 300 dollar range. The reason that I never did send it in is that it would not be my property any longer, and I wanted to sell the idea to some tool maker for a nice piece of change.

    Too late now. Ya snooze, ya lose.

    Edit: Here's mine that I made about 5 years ago.

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    Last edited by Bob D.; 05-26-2012, 05:37 AM.
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

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    Re: If Ya Snooze, Ya Lose !!

    Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
    Went to the mailbox this evening and got a new catalog from Lee Valley.

    Flipping through the pages quickly I don't see much that interests me right off.

    But then..........................I flip over to the back cover..............and there it is,
    my meal ticket, my retirement home in Maui.

    I was flabbergasted.


    Turns out that someone finally came up with an idea I had about 5 years ago.
    I made myself a spacer set like the one on the back cover of the catalog, but out of
    some scraps of 5mm Luann, theirs uses thinner leafs of plastic, probably about a 1/16 thick.

    Mine has the ends of all the leafs drilled for a 3/4" dowel, and each leaf has a 3/4" hole near one end.
    Assembled its like a set of feeler gauges, but its for use with your end vise on your woodworking bench. I use it when working on smaller pieces of stock that I want to clamp near the end of the vise. As anyone knows who has used a vise like this the jaws will often times jam if only clamping on one end, hence the spacer set is used to create a spacer close to the thickness of the workpiece so the vise does not get jammed. I'll get a photo of mine this weekend and post it for you to see. Its very simple and easy to make. For the thinner leafs I could add some pieces of Formica.

    I had often thought of sending it in to one of the WWing mags. you can win a nice power tool or a nice hand plane from Lee Valley or other quality tools. Usually the top prize is in the $200 to 300 dollar range. The reason that I never did send it in is that it would not be my property any longer, and I wanted to sell the idea to some tool maker for a nice piece of change.

    Too late now. Ya snooze, ya lose.

    Edit: Here's mine that I made about 5 years ago.

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    That's crazy man you should have patented the idea!

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