Tools for enhanced or specialized grip on materials.
Pliers are a tool used to get a better grip on something through mechanical advantage. All pliers work the same. By squeezing the handles, large forces are able to be applied to the Jaws/Nose of the pliers. Pliers also come in varying shapes and sizes for different applications. Smaller needle nose (Left in picture) are useful for reaching small areas or grabbing smaller objects. The slip-joint pliers (Right in picture) are useful for grabbing round objects such as pipes, removing nails, and even bending sheet metal. Slip-joint pliers also have a sliding fulcrum/pivot-point, so they can be adjusted to grab larger or smaller objects.
Vise grips are very similar to pliers, but with a locking feature. To use them, grip them just like pliers. To adjust the force/width of the jaws, twist the knurled knob on the base of one of the handles.
Vises are stationary work-holding tools designed to clamp down on material and keep it from moving while working. To use properly, make sure the vice is fixed to a table or work bench. When working with round stock, make sure to use v-blocks or v-shaped cutouts that are already integrated into the vice.
Clamps are tools used to hold or squeeze pieces of material together or to something. They are extremely useful when assembling projects that use an adhesive or fasteners. In the Idea Shop, we have many different shape and sized clamps available in the Maker Space. Check the clamp cart (pictured left) to see what we have.