Saturday, April 26, 2008

This Little Tool Is Too Cool...

I had the pleasure of getting together with a group of fellow metalsmiths at one of their studios in Pennsylvania recently. Rina, the hosting metalsmith, loaned me one of her tools to square off the ends of a piece of bezel wire that I was preparing to join. It is a Miter Cutting Jig & Vice used to either cut or file clean 90 degree or 45 degree angles on metal wire, sheetstock or tubing. I was immediately smitten by this little contraption...being the toolaholic that I am...I asked where I could get one! Well here is where they can be found, but oh these cost more than my torch...that is unless I go for the economy model. Hmm, if I opted for the economy model and had to replace it some years down the road, I could still buy another and not have spent more than the mid-range model...oh yes, I need to take this option into serious consideration!!!
While searching for more information on this tool I came across some instructions on how to use it. Although there aren't any illustrations these instructions are very descriptive an would be easy to follow with tool in hand.

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