I’m working on this page! Sorry it’s such a mess. Nancy January 8, 2013
All tools will be listed alphabetically and have their own pages and there will be more, more, more tools – SOON, SOON, SOON!
Miter Cutting Vice Jig
Square up your edges or cut a beautiful bevel.
- This is a great, although under used tool! It is used to create a 90 or a 45 degree edge on a piece of metal. It makes beautiful squares and rectangles. I even use it with leather hard PMC. Rio Grande has two versions at this writing: one for $185.00 and an economy version for $65.00. I can’t vouch for the economy version as I have never tried it (it came out AFTER I bought the 175.00 one).
How To Use
- File on this larger flat edge.
- Insert your metal into either the 45 degree slot (top) or the 90 degree slot (bottom). The trick here is to have one edge of your metal that is perfectly flat and level. Find the little peg or “tooth” that hangs down. Put the metal in – flat side against the peg. Leave a thin strip of metal hanging out the front – that is the part that you will file square or will be beveled. Evenly tighten the two top screws until the metal is almost immovable. Before tightening down fully, ensure that the metal is flush against the peg – no gaps. Check both the front and the back – for the metal to be filed correctly it must be squarely in the jig. Once the jig is fully tightened down (on the large, flat side of the jig) file the metal down to the steel. Take care to keep your file flat against the jig. The steel is very, very hard and after years of use, I have only hair size scrathes on mine – even though I use a steel file. Violá – a beautiful edge!
- Sherri Haab has come up with a great way to etch without messy or scary chemicals. The E3 Etch etches clean lines and is very easy to use. She has great instructions on how to use the E3 on her site. More on etching soon (1/20/13).