I'm sorry if this is a silly question, but I've noticed that there is a
nifty gadget out there called a pin vise, that will let me grab any bit, or
other drill item, and turn them by hand.
I'm going to get one for my counter sink bit, because I want to sculpt out
the bevel for wood screws by hand, but I was wondering if there were any
other common use for such things?
I have 2 that have 1/4" chucks. These are single ended, and have a
handle like you'd find on a #2 or #3 Phillips screwdriver. Kind of
cheaply made, but they work fine.
They came from a vendor whose name escapes me, at a model airplane show.
Here's something similar, although I remember mine being a lot cheaper:
They make good handles for needle files, needles, small wire brushes you can
make out of the
expoxied ends of fine cable and are useful for some engraving bit
applications as well.
You might want to search under "pin vise applications, "jewelry making" and
"pin vise" or "museum conservation" and the previous phrase for other tips.
Somewhere, I used to have an especially nice one that was double-
ended, and had 4 jaws. Since then, I have a single jaw and a double
jaw one, with pivot plate on one end. The pivot plate, or whatever you
call it (like a Jeweler's screwdrive) is the handiest, as you can get
a straight push on things. I do boat models, electronics, etc., and
drilling/reaming small holes is what I use it for the most. It will
hold a needle, for scribing or punching holes, etc. Very handy tool.
The guy/gal who dies with the most tools wins. I think I picked my
last one up at a good hardware store, though model/hobby shops usually
On Thu, 25 Oct 2007 13:58:25 GMT, "Thomas G. Marshall"
It can be used with any number of tools to ream out seed or pony
beads, pieces of jewelry, or other do-dads that never seem to fit on
the wire I want to use, or the only jump rings I have left. I have
used them with small drill bits and various Dremel bits on items I
wouldn't dream of touching with a power tool. I can even add a hole to
some pieces that weren't originally meant to be used as jewelry. The
grandchildren love it when a piece off an old favorite toy becomes a
dangle for their charm bracelet or necklace.
My wife uses one to drill holes for binding posts in miniature books
she makes as greeting cards. Since the covers are sometimes leather or
similar material, they work quite well. She prefers that to having me
do it on the drill press. However, I am trying to design a clamp to
hold the stack together when she does it.
I have also used them to drill and ream out holes in printed circuit
boards. For just one or two holes it's quicker than setting up and
cleaning a power tool.
Yes, we have several laying around our respective workshops.
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