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Blog entry by Jimbo817 posted 310 days ago 953 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,
I inherited this vice from my dad, and I’m pretty sure it was used when he got it. So by my recollection it’s probably 60 years old or more. I have to admit that I’ve never seen one like this before, instead of the front half of the vice moving when you turn the handle the rear of the vice moves backwards.

Well, I dug the thing out of storage where it’s been resting for quite a few years and as soon as I went to use it, I found that the vice would not open because it was rusted. I toyed with the idea of buying a new vice but they were way too expensive. So I got out my tools and started dis-assembly. I removed all the rust and then I started to tackle the outside of the vice, which I took some paint remover and a wire wheel to.

After it was all cleaned up, all I had to decide was what color to paint it. So I looked in one of my cabinets and there were several cans of spray paint that were at least a 2 to 3 years old. There was a nice cranberry red and black as well as a can of primer. The end result is what you see in the pictures.

If anybody has ever seen a vice like this let me know.

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littlecope

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#1 posted 309 days ago

That’s a new one on me too Jim!
I don’t know whether it has any name on it, but lots of companies used to manufacture vises. This is probably some firms effort at “building a better mousetrap” as it were…
In any event, it’s looking good as new after the TLC you gave it, and it should easily last another 60 years or so, no problem!

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#2 posted 309 days ago

I’m thinking maybe why this style didn’t catch on is in looking at the sliding half… That piece slides on rails, and if you were to beat real hard on the square plate (using it as an anvil like so many of us do) over time it would probably deform the sides to where they wouldn’t slide so easily (or at all)
Nice job on the restore though.

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#3 posted 309 days ago

Interesting vice indeed and wonderful color scheme

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#4 posted 309 days ago

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#5 posted 309 days ago

It is pretty cool.

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Jimbo817

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#6 posted 308 days ago

Thanks for all the input guys!

Joein10asee, you are right on the money, the vice actually does slide on “ways” , however this vice is HEAVY I estimated it at about 50 to 60 pounds. Also, if you look at the one picture you’ll see three shiny objects along the side, these are set screws. Inside the vice and resting on the ways is a separate iron bar that is adjusted by the set screws. This allows adjusting the rear part of the vice to keep it always in contact with the lower part so that when you hit something on the top it transfers the blow through the cast-iron and into the bench.

BigYin, it really doesn’t look like any pipe vice I’ve ever seen. Most pipe vices can spin on their axis to adjust to any angle, also, they have an extension on the bottom with semicircular jaws to grip the pipe. Thanks for the input though I appreciate it.

-- Measure twice and cut once, after you sharpen your pencil!

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#7 posted 243 days ago

Good looking restoration Jim. I really like the vise.

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