- Jul 23, 2007
As many of you know, I'm a big proponent of fixturing parts on cylindrical blocks of wood. They allow an almost infinite degree of rotation, while providing parallel opposing surfaces for clamping securely in the vise. For smaller parts, hardwood dowels are handy, but they can be difficult to find any bigger than 1.0" diameter. If you need a larger size, up to 1.5" or so, buy a stout replacement handle for a shovel or other garden implement. They're typically a good grade of ash and only run about $10-$15.