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Blog entry by gawthrrw posted 09-30-2016 11:34 PM 320 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been searching for a tail vise to use on my upcoming roubo bench. After reading Chris S second workbench book I was interested in the tail vise he used on the solid cherry top bench. It was a quick release vise with a lever instead of a turn screw. Here is a picture;

After some searching around the internet I found this and bought it.

As you can see, it was a little beat up and rusty. I could just make out Massey no. 17 on the face. Doing a bit of research I found that this is a pretty old vise and apparently not a common one. It was hard to find any in depth information about it so if anyone has any I would be obliged. After getting it shipped to me I was happy that everything worked and there didn’t seem to be any damage besides a few saw kerf scars that gave it some character.
The next step was to get it cleaned up. I had read a little about electrolysis but have to admit I was afraid to try it. So after gaining a little more knowledge on how it worked I decided that this was the perfect project to use it on. I broke out the old battery charger and some Arm and Hammer washing soda. I already had a big plastic bin and a piece of flat steel to use as an anode. So after following the directions I read online and taking the vise apart I had it moving along pretty quickly.

I was really suprised at how well the electrolysis worked at getting basically everything off the vise. After it was complete I took a green scotchbright pad to it and rinsed it off in the deep sink. The next step was to prime and repaint the vise to keep the rust from coming back. I took about 4 days and tried to let the paint cure some before putting on the next coat. All in all, it turned out great IMO and I look forward to giving this vise another 40 or more years of life.

-- Rob, Dallas TX



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#1 posted 09-30-2016 11:36 PM

A few more photos.

j

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#2 posted 09-30-2016 11:46 PM

wow…..never saw one of those….I like !

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#3 posted 10-02-2016 08:14 PM

Rob, great find on the vise. The one on Chris Schwarz’s bench is actually a Sheldon, Megan Fitzpatrick has one on her bench as well. She blogged the install on Popular Woodworking. I lucked out and found one on Craigs List while building my bench. This is what it looks like

Very close to yours but operates somewhat differently. Installed on my Roubo

Looking forward to seeing your bench, good luck

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 10-02-2016 09:32 PM

Thanks Kevin, I didn’t have the book with me when I wrote this but knew mine was a different make. I look forward to trying it out. Have you been satisfied using that as a tail vise? I know some people use a wagon vise instead but I would think this one is a little more versatile as far as work holding goes but don’t have anything to compare it to.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#5 posted 10-02-2016 10:38 PM

Rob, I’m quite happy with it both as a tail vise and an end vise.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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