Getting my vises cleaned up. #1: The small vise.

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Blog entry by AnnaEA posted 08-12-2010 01:47 AM 1404 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.


-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 02:48 AM

Hi Anna. I would wire brush the heck out of that vice and then sand down the screw and rods to clean metal and give the rods a coat of oil or wax and put light grease on the threads. Then paint the steel parts to prevent them from rusting and mount some wooden jaws on the vice to clamp wood without marking it. That should work pretty good after that!

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 03:25 AM

I hear Coke works wonders on rust… I remember my dad gave me a dime and had me run across the street to the corner store to buy a Coke. When I got back, he pour some on an old charcoal BBQ grill. The up and down center rod had rusted tight. After about 20 minutes he tried to loosen it. A little more Coke and it cranked right up!

What about navel jelly?

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 05:17 AM

I just cleaned up my dads old vice that he was using 70 years ago. Quite small but we did alot of projects. Did it the easy way. On Grand River Avenue out at S Lyon is a place called “The Master Blaster” For a VERY reasonable fee he does wonders sand blasting small stuff quite quickly often while you wait.


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#4 posted 08-12-2010 05:47 PM

that wise is going to be a great helper if you do as Jim Jakosh say :-)

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 09:35 PM

Definitely adding wooden jaws to this before I use it…. I’ll probably set it up to be able use changeable faces on the one side, and face over the other on the bench side.

I’ve used cola to clean up car batteries a couple of times – never tried it on rust though. I like my evapo-rust.

I wish I knew a local sandblaster place around here – I’ll start asking around. That would be a great resource.

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