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Eric Schatz

Post Vice needs help

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Just bought a 3" jaw post vice for $50.  However, it's missing the spring.  How do I make that?  I dont have a problem getting  a bar bent to the right shape for the spring but what about the material's "bendyness/springyness"?  Lol I'm not sure how to put it.  How do I make sure the metal acts as a spring instead of just forged hard metal.  Does that make sense? 

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I'd go for normalized if you use spring steel; but mild is perfectly ok  as long as it's used within the area where it doesn't take a set.  I have several post vises with mild springs.

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