Sometimes I come up with a quick idea and fail to see why it might not work. When I want to cut off a piece of larger round stock or pipe by hand I often wrap a piece of paper around the workpiece and get the edges lined up and mark around the paper to get an accurate cutoff line and that works well.
On this occasion I clamped a piece of heavy wall pipe in the vise and dropped a large washer over it and traced the line. Well, duh! That doesn’t work when the vise jaws are uneven in height. What seemed like a shortcut turned out to be a waste of time. Doing things in a tried-and-true way usually saves the most time.
Incidentally, I would usually use the bandsaw to do a job like this but this piece of stock is one of my early scrap yard finds and I do not know the alloy. It may be a variety of chrome moly. The bandsaw blade just skates on it. I have used the presto pen marker to write “No Bandsaw” on all those pieces.
|The front vise jaw is about 1/16" low.|