I have a little vise #1: Intro

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 06-28-2015 11:56 AM 1448 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently I helped my friend, Laurie, set up a lathe and workbench in her shed/ workshop.

For my pains (which weren’t that great, I thoroughly enjoyed it) she gave me this bench vise

It’s going to need some restoring. Rest assured though I won’t just be admiring it when it’s restored. This vise will get some use. Although it’s a metalwork vise I do use metals in my projects. Such as the hinge pins for Snakes and Ladders.

The jaws need some serious attention. One came off in my hand

and the other needs a clean up but looks to be properly secured

The vise seems to be on a rotating base

again possible freeing up to be done.

The main threaded rod seems to be free enough

I was intrigued to find out the maker/model. The only thing I could find on the whole of the body was this

That had to be a name plate. Some light oil and a quick wipe over later

So I tried to find it on google and came up with these images


Well thats something to be aiming for.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 06-28-2015 12:32 PM

well if your restoration work is anything like your woodwork, then i expect this vice to look brand new when your done with it….really nice of her to give you this gift…she will like seeing it after your done with it..have fun…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 06-28-2015 12:46 PM

My grandfather had a similar vice. I remember trying it out on my finger (Yes – I was THAT stupid!) I did just gently tighten it though, so no harm was done. I was only about 7 or 8 at the time and I definitely learned the purpose of having ‘vices’.

I look forward to seeing how you do in your restoration. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 06-28-2015 01:05 PM

Helping others always has its benefit but they aren’t always so … Iron. You can make a set of wooden jaw covers to protect you materials and have a good dual purpose vice.
I’m jealous.

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#4 posted 06-28-2015 02:32 PM

You certainly have your work cut out for you but I am sure it will look great when you are done.

-- Adjustable Height Workbench Plans

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#5 posted 06-28-2015 03:18 PM

With a bit of work I’m sure it will look and perform like new. A good metal working vice is a great asset in a woodworkers shop.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-28-2015 04:07 PM

I have one just like it, and it works great.

A little soaking in some cheap white vinegar for a few hours or so, and a bit of wire brushing will rid it of the rust and will work like new. The vinegar works surprisingly well. Easier than setting up an electrolysis unit or grinding it off. But then, you probably already knew all that.


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 06-28-2015 04:27 PM

Thats awesome looks great, Nice save!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 06-28-2015 05:31 PM

Well, you always seem to come out on top when you take on a challenge, so this should come out looking and working great. Interesting project.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 06-28-2015 06:49 PM

I’ve used while maple jaws in my 4” craftsman vice for years. Works great. On my third set.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#10 posted 06-28-2015 08:11 PM

Yes, Phil, whilst I will use the metal jaws (with a pair of aluminium jaw covers) for metalwork I am considering making additional wooden ones. Some flat Maple and some with 45 degree ‘V’ grooves (vertical and/or horizontal) for holding round objects.

Roger, no I didn’t know that. I’ll try it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 06-28-2015 09:14 PM

Here's one I made for my vise (very similar to yours).

Ideas, ideas, ideas.

Good luck on your fix-r-up-r…...........................

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 06-29-2015 04:03 AM

It will serve you well

-- Norman

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