Hand Winding Using Vice Grips pt. I
March 23, 2012, 6:57 pm
March 23, 2012, 8:49 pm
DescriptionI have always been partial to a hole drilled in a mandrel, as opposed to a slot. When mandrel sizes become too small to drill a hole through them, however, I resort to hand winding, and I use Vice Grips to secure the wire. I tend to line up the Vice Grips the same direction as the handle of the mandrel, and clamp it on, keeping it far enough away from the wall so the Vice Grips don't rub against it.
This method is very effective, so long as you don't use cheap Vice Grips like dollar store ones. It becomes a bit cumbersome with really small mandrel sizes, but I have effectively used this method, albeit the winding area was about 8 inches shorter, still using the bent handle down to .057" (17 gauge) for micromaille. Once you get into the groove, winding goes quickly. But make sure the Vice Grips are tight enough or they could fly off!
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