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Holding small items

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I have been just sucking it up when I burn my fingers on holding small items.  I've tried a tape tab grip,  magnets don't work for copper, I've tried super glue but it can only take so much heat, I've tried using a wet sponge riding on the belt to keep it cool, small clamps wood and metal but you lose the "feel" of the shaping.  basically I work in a rhythm with a fresh grit and only shape it in short bursts and its kinda funny now I know when the pain is coming if I stayed to long on the area!

 

I was wondering how others are dealing with small parts?

any suggestions?

 

Rik

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a.burn your finger until its numb.*

b. make bigger parts

c. don't cut them from the parent stock until the last possible operation is done.

d. pin vise or vice grips

 

* requires saying damit a lot

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I use a fly-tying vise.  It may be the same as a pin vise.  Won't hold anything much thicker than a penny.

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Jantz and K+G both supply small, hand-held vises for this purpose.

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sorry,

 I just say damn a lot...and have the water bucket near by for my fingers expecially with copper, and gloves are not safe

sweanys suggestion c is about the best

csc

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Yeah, copper's great for learning about heat conduction, isn't it?:angry:

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Definitely Sweany c&d, or sometimes I'll solder a rod onto a piece which is more reliable than glue.

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Waterspray on the grinder has some upsides....

...downside is the frigggin mess and lookin like you peed your pants after you grind.... my fingers are happier though.

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I had this problem making a couple of blades for small folders; with a big fixed blade you can hold onto the blade while grinding the tang, and the tang while grinding the blade.  I settled on using vise-grips, padded with card or bicycle inner tube rubber.  That's okay with a blade, when you can do one end then the other, but for smaller parts I just keep a pot of water nearby, and quench it briefly when it gets uncomfortable; just a few seconds usually suffices.

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Guest Rik Palm

Thanx for the input.   I keep water close for those darn! moments.  

It would probably make a pretty funny internet movie. quick clips of all of us holding onto something that gets too hot.

 

Rik

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