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Having occasion to saw some short pieces of molding, I experienced considerable trouble in holding them without a vise until I made a block, as shown in the sketch. This answered the purpose as well as a vise. The block is not fastened in any manner, but is simply pushed against the edge of the bench or table and held with the hand. It should be about 9 in. wide and 1 ft. long, with strips 2 in. thick at each edge.-Contributed by W. F. Brodnax, Jr., Bethlehem, Pa.
Ill: A Block for Holding Molding, or Strips of Wood, While Sawing Small Pieces from Them