Tool Time Tuesday – Using a Drill Press Vise

So who is up for an online course with me? I have been working on this for a little while and people are always asking if I will ever do any online courses. The videos have been the precursor and I think I am just about ready to make these work. I have been figuring out how to use the camera, video editing and some of the behind the scenes technologies. I have several projects identified that would be great courses and will be posting a poll as part of my giveaway. Like I said, more on this later this week. But I am so excited about it all, I just had to share and hopefully pique your interest.

Speaking of the giveaway, I wanted to tell you a little more about that. Last June I decided to try making a video for my Tool Time Tuesday Features on my blog. They have been a HUGE hit. My first video was posted June 21, 2011. In that time my videos have been watched over 90,000 times and I have nearly 300 subscribers to my YouTube channel. I have just posted my 28th video and have two more in the editing phase. So by the end of the week, I will have 30 videos.

This is the last week of school for my kids. So tomorrow, the baby is going to the sitter and I will be working on the last little bits of the details for the giveaway and it will all be announced no later than Friday.

Alrighty then, On to the Tool Time Tuesday.

Have you ever had to drill a hole in a piece of metal only to have the drill bit catch on the piece and spin the piece? If you are lucky, you didn’t cut your finger, if you aren’t so lucky, there may have been a stitch or two involved. Luckily for me, I have never needed stitches, but I have used quite a few bandages. In fact, my bandages are stored right above my drilling station along with the rubbing alcohol and neosporin.

There are a few different ways to remedy this problem; you can tape the item to a surface that can be drilled into or sometimes I hold the piece in a ring clamp and then drill the piece. But to tell you honestly, a lot of times I just hold it with my fingers. I know, not the smartest idea. For a long time I have wanted to have a little vise to hold my item in. Finally one of my tool suppliers started to carry one. I was so happy and I knew others would be too, so I bought a bunch of them. They sold out so fast. That is because people know that it is a good thing to have. We all like our digits attached to the ends of our hands.

This quick video shows the Drill Press Vise I have and how to use it. Of course, there are more ways to use this tool, so I am just concentrating on the one application. However, in my studio, it comes in handy for multiple projects.

No matter what method you use, just keep those fingers safe. As of this writing, I have 6 of these in stock. They are $20.00 and that includes shipping to anywhere in the Continental US. I will ship to other locations, just shoot me an email and we will work out the details.

The Vise can be found on my website at:

See you all later this week.


5 thoughts on “Tool Time Tuesday – Using a Drill Press Vise

  1. Sherry

    I really like your videos Melissa. You not only do a great job of walking us step-by-step through the process you’re demonstrating, you seem to anticipate any questions we might have.

  2. Sherry

    I really like your videos Melissa. You not only do a great job of walking us step-by-step through the process you’re demonstrating, you seem to anticipate any questions we might have.

  3. terry brake

    Hi Melissa, I see your vise here, I think I need one. My big drill press and vise went to Ken’s garage bench when I got my jewelry sized unit… 🙂 Now need the smaller vise. I subscribe to your blog, youtube, and FB. MISS you too. Make sure u contact the group in OH when u make a trip back for possible visit!

  4. Tory

    Liked the tut itself but WAY too much talking. Since we have power tools, we are not small children so have no need of explanations of the threaded rod, just that it’s there is enough. Other than that, you have a nice voice and give good info. I’d come back again if the vids were more concise.


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