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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 03-29-2012 11:39 AM 4090 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a little mom and pop’s coffee house about a mile from my house that I frequent fairly often. I try to make it once a week to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee and read a book for a while. I meet a gentleman who is retired and and now does blacksmith work in his spare time. A while back he said he had a couple of vises he wasn’t using and offered them to me. I told him I would love to take a look at them but my shop budget was tight so it would be a while.

Since I began this bookcase job, I have been to busy to get to the coffee shop and talk with my friend. A couple of days ago I receive a email saying that he left me a package at the coffee shop and the next time I was out and about to swing by and ask the owner for it.

I was able to stop by for a moment and pick it up yesterday. The package contained a small (4” Maybe) metal vise. It has a small anvil on one side that would be great to bend copper or something similar for a box. It also contained a brand new Vunder Vise.

Now I have never heard of these vises before, nor have I used anything quite like it. Since the only vise I have in my shop is a F clamp I figure it will see a lot of use. The vise it’s self looks sturdy and well made and engineered. Once I get it set up and try it out I will get some pics of it up and maybe a review. I hope to get it set up next week after I install the bookcases this weekend. I did take a quick pic of the manual.

Has anyone of you guys seen or used or even have one of these. If so how well do they work?

Thanks
Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks



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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 12:14 PM

It’s new to me, Joey, but it looks like it could be quite useful to have around the shop.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Karson

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 01:12 PM

I think I remember seeing a vise like the one pictured. I think that it was made out of Aluminum. So it would be a holding vise and not a pounding vise in my estimation.

Great gift.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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jaykaypur

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 01:14 PM

Hey Joey, I have that exact same vise a friend and new LJ—Koog—gave me several months ago. It is great and has many configurations that you can set it up as. Work/play with it a while and it will become a very useful tool for you. Mine is aluminum as noted above. Thats a great gift that guy gave you.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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JoeyG

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 01:40 PM

It is aluminum. It seems like it will be very useful once I figure out how to set it up. LOL. I also received a small steel vise. I will get pictures of both in a little while and post them. It was generous and unexpected gift. Random acts of kindness from others is truly a blessing.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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JoeyG

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 02:13 PM

This is Vunder Vise out of the box. It seems very portable and sturdy. I think this will be a welcome addition to my shop. I can already think of a couple of hundred times I could have used it with out trying very hard.

This is the little vise. I didn’t realize it was an old craftsman until I took this picture. It’s heavy for it’s size. I have had a few idea’s about adding some metal work to my boxes for a while now. Watching to much American Chopper and Son’s of Guns or what ever the names of those shows are. I am not a big TV watcher, so except for an occasional horror movie and The Walking Dead, I try to watch things that will give me design ideas on the rare occasions that I get the remote.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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stefang

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 03:50 PM

This was a generous gift from your kind hearted coffee friend. I’m sure he is just glad that someone will get some good use out of it.

I think I remember seeing the Vunder vise advertised when I lived in the States. That would have been latest 1975 or maybe before 1971 before I moved to Norway the first time. It looks like it would be handy for light work. The Craftsman vise also looks like a good quality for metal working.

I just bought a middle sized metal working vise this last November when I had to make some turning tools. Up to that point I had a little dinky one that I’ve been struggling with for many years. I’m so happy with the new vise that I could kick myself for not having investing in one many years ago.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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JoeyG

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#7 posted 03-29-2012 04:24 PM

I have been wanting a good vise for a while, I just had two problems. One my “bench” isn’t stable enough for a normal vice and second would be the cost. This one has never been used but based on the look of the aluminum it could have easily come from the maker in 1970. I need to research the best thing to lubricate the aluminum. I know the old craftsman will do just fine with a little WD-40 and a little grease. I don’t know about the aluminum. I was thinking maybe just a little of my Johnson’s paste wax would do the trick. Since I will be using it for wood, I would prefer not to have any grease or oil on it.

Any thoughts on this?

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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SisQMark

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 07:33 PM

Hi Joey,
I have the same exact vice, I inherited it from my father. He got it back it the 70’s. He paid a lot for it. I use mine quite often. A great gift from your friend. These are not cheap either, enjoy it but keep the sharp tools away from the soft aluminum. My Dad drummed that into my head! Overall a great vise. Mine is called Zyliss but they are made by the same company I think. I’ll add a photo of mine latter.
Mark~

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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JoeyG

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#9 posted 03-29-2012 08:15 PM

That’s cool Mark, Knowing that it’s been around so long and used and lasted is really cool. do you need to wax it or anything?

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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SisQMark

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#10 posted 03-29-2012 08:39 PM

I never have, but I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to once in awhile. It’s a very versatile vice, I love mine. Once you start using it you’ll wonder how you got along with out it. Have a great day Joey.
Mark~

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 03-30-2012 01:00 AM

Great score Joey. Now what are you going to do to get even? I’m never the recipient of those random acts of kindness. I knew you were a nice guy! LOL

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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JoeyG

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#12 posted 03-30-2012 01:10 AM

I’ve been trying to figure that out Andy, I am not sure what I can make for a blacksmith out of wood. It seems that most anything I make would get burned up. LOL. I know that he is married. Maybe his wife would like a box. He also reads a lot. I’ve been thinking about making a batch of those wooden book marks you see on here from time to time. To tell the truth, I have know idea what to do for him. I am sure I will come up with something.

I could always just pay it forward, and make something for someone else that is need of a little kindness. As I said, I will come up with something.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 03-30-2012 02:19 AM

Blacksmith as in ironworker or horseshoer? Horseshoers love fancy hoof knife handles. I knew you were thinking of payback cause you’re a good guy. I just wanted to harrass you!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 03-30-2012 03:41 AM

Hi Joey,
I too had the same one, a Zyliss , Great little vice . Got it for a short time from my father in law. Seemed he was retiring out in Colorado and because he was retiring from all his honey Do projects into what she said was a perfectly complete house he gifted all his old tools to his kids. Then after a few months he found his sweetie wanted a complete remodel of the new house and he requested most of his favorite tools returned, thus my Zyliss went to Colorado. Slick move worked out for Dad as he bought all new power tools. Loved the vice as long as I had it. I think they were originally made in Germany. You can clamp things in all sorts of weird positions . How about a hanging sign for his blacksmithing shop? Don

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lew

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#15 posted 03-30-2012 04:05 AM

Cool!

I like the practical position in which it mounts!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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