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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.
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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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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