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    Sometime back I'd mentioned a light duty vise being held with a bowling ball mount. If any of you have to do finesse work with small files this is a great way to achieve any position you need.

    You would of course mount your small vise to the bowling ball anyway you could. Instead of using the popular small rubber tire trick, you can also drill a hole in your workbench smaller then the balls diameter. If you want a stiff action, drop a sheet of leather over the hole before dropping the bowling ball on it. If you really need it to stick firm then sprinkle
    it with powedered rosin which is easily available from ______________ by the small can! It's a low tech answer for holding delicate work.

    Last edited by Your Old Dog; 02-28-2009, 11:07 AM.
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    Great idea, now I know what to do with the bowling ball somebody dropped over the fence.
    As a low cost source of rosin. Don't know why in your post it is a line. But I get it by the pound cheap from http://www.usrodeosupply.com/Shop-Ro...ll-Riding-Gear Amber or yellow rosin is the same as white rosin. and when ground up all rosin is white in color or off white.
    It is a lot cheaper than stopping by the music store. Some of the tractor supply/farm stores have it too.
    Glen
    Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
    I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
    All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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    • #3
      Watcha' workin' on?

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      • #4
        PT, you just answered why the blank line! I hadn't a clue where to buy it as mine was purchased many many years ago.

        GKman, nothing. The picture is not of me but one I found while googling. I'm better looking then that guy
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        Thank you to our families of soldiers, many of whom have given so much more then the rest of us for the Freedom we enjoy.

        It is true, there is nothing free about freedom, don't be so quick to give it away.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Your Old Dog
          PT, you just answered why the blank line! I hadn't a clue where to buy it as mine was purchased many many years ago.

          GKman, nothing. The picture is not of me but one I found while googling. I'm better looking then that guy

          Ok somebody told me to get it from a music store, I went they had ¾ of an ounce glued to a stick for about $12.00
          bought a couple pounds to make up some pitch for chasing.
          a lot cheaper.
          Glen
          Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
          I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
          All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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          • #6
            Well with the sun shinning and spring in the air for today 64'F
            and 20% off coupon in hand I headed to horrible fright for their vac base vise it has a post and the ball comes of with an allen wrench. It is a pretty good light duty vise same one as sold by any number of vendors that charge more!



            Had a 13 " balloon off road wheel but will pick up one of the $4.99 ones next time I get back
            it doesn't seem to have the loosen issue as the ball has been outside for two years.
            I think a newer one of the acrylic type and not the ebonite style rubber one would be cleaner and work better.

            Just for anybody's interest the knife is one of those throwing knives from the want ads in the back of the magazines Pop Mech etc.! It is a Soling from Japan and a stamped knife 10" 1 3/16" at its widest.
            Glen
            Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
            I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
            All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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            • #7
              Then there's the MonsterBallVise:



              www.monsterballvise.com

              No affiliation - just an interested observer. . .
              Cheers,

              Frank Ford
              HomeShopTech

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              • #8
                Cool!
                Glen
                Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
                I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
                All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only

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                • #9
                  Any one needing a Ball vise, contact my wife! She has been cranking on that thing for 30 years. Would love to get rid of it! Fred

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