A reader turned us on to these cool vise bookends found via the re-purposing site CoolMaterial.com. But we’re pretty sure no Toolmonger would shell out $70 for ’em. That said, we bet you’ve got some similar out-of-use tools lying around the shop — we do — that would do the job just fine.
Specifically, I know that I have an old pre-electric-era clothes iron that’s screaming for this kind of treatment. (Hell, I barely use my awesome modern iron, much less one that I need to hold over a fire.) This could also be a great use for old worn-out cordless drills. Throw together a little wooden stand and they’d make a great conversation starter. I’m sure they’d hold up books, too.
In fact, I’ve unknowingly been following this stylin’ trend for over a year. Check out my office doorstop:
Vise Bookends [Cool Material]