Do you have a rotary vice with a little stubby handle,
that is great for finger twirling? Would you like to
have something you can be more comfortable for turning
the vise? How about replacing that stubby little handle
with something you can really crank flies out with.
It is simple and easy to do, best yet cost usnder $4.00.
Go to the hardware store (take the vise with you) buy
an inexpensive (cheap) paintbrush. Make sure the
threaded stem on the rotary will fit thru the hole,
you may have to widen the hole at home. Then go to
where they have the knobs for dressers and kitchen
cabinets. Pick out a drawer knob that gives a good
fit to you hand.
Back at home, cut the handle off the brush, round the
cut end with a file and sandpaper, and drill a hole
in the opposite end to fit the knob on to the handle.
Now just install you new handle on the vise and start
cranking those flies out. ~ Parnelli
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