If you are a fan, as I am, of Mark Novak's Anvil gunsmithing channel, you know that he uses tools to do a job, to make his life easier, and that he often makes tools for a specific purpose. Sometimes a workman will have an idea for a specific tool that he needs to finish a job. My grandfather and my dad were notorious for making tools. My grandfather had a small collection of homemade tools that filled a specific function. It might be a bent brazing rod with a loop of a hook on it, or it might be a screwdriver that he had ground for a specific purpose.
One of the tools I keep on my bench are a set of wooden blocks that I call Ruger block. I call them this because when I built them, I was working on a Ruger revolver. As it turns out, they fit Ubertis and Piettas just fine. They are simply two blocks of red oak that I took from the firewood pile and put on the table saw. I use them to clamp a revolver in a vise so that I can work on it without needing three hands.
|They are marked with an R so not to be confused with scrap wood.|
Of course, the first thing we do is check to make sure the revolver is clear and safe, then remove the cylinder. Fit the blocks into the space where the cylinder was, then clamp it in the visse.
|I clamp it like this for working on the bottom|
|Or, I clamp it like this to remove the backstrap.|
The point is that these two wooden blocks, which cost me about an hour of my own labor, are invaluable when I am working on a revolver. They are an extremely useful piece of my kit, as important as a vise, or my bench, or a good set of screwdrivers.