Trying to hold a different shape in my Cole Jaws I came up with this solution. I cut some reddi-rod slightly shorter than the length of the turning, covered the reddi-rod with some 3/16" fuel line and installed them in the Cole Jaws.
I found it didn't hold it quite securely enough so I put a hose clamp toward the ends of the rods and then covered the hose clamp with electrical tape to give a bit more protection for my hands.
It ended up working quite well. Now I'll cut a new set of rods for whatever length I need and try it with other projects.
Any comments? I realize it may look a bit unsafe but I'm very cautious about letting my hands extend beyond the tool rest and am quite happy with the outcome. Feel free to let me know what you think.
Thanks for looking!