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Simple modifications for a new bench pin

By Helen I. Driggs

It’s nice to splurge on a new bench pin every couple of years, and after making some basic modifications to an off-the-shelf pin, it’s easy to quickly get busy working again on the pristine surface of a new one. Over the years, I have found that there are three modifications that I consistently add to every pin I’ve owned, right after I’ve created the V-slot. To make these modifications, you’ll need a stock bench pin, a flat wood rasp or coarse file, a round wood rasp, and a1/8 inch drill bit (about #30).