This is my small vise. It’s about 50 years old, and was hand made by the original owner from scrap metal. His son later sold it to my father in law, who replaced the center screw and re-welded the whole thing. All this work, my FIL tells me, both his repairs and the original fabrication, was done over lunch hours at the steel mill.
I’ve given it a good spray with WD-40, and gone at it with #3 steel wool. I got some of the paint off, and some of the rust, but it is still pretty rusty. Now that the worst of the loose rust and gunk is off, it’ll go into an Evapo-Rust soak until it’s cleaned up. Then another coating of WD-40 to keep the rust away, and it will be ready for my bench.
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