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work bench #7: What is your Vice ? - Wilton Universal Turret Vise

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Blog entry by gpastor posted 1244 days ago 3193 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had to cut into the base to mount my old Wilton vice. Here is some info. I found on the web about this vise
In 1959 Wilton invented what they called the Wilton Universal Turret Vise, which is in essence a Patternmakers vise. It had two jaws that swiveled into place on the turret to allow the user to hold large items for woodworking, or with a flip metal working or even pipe clamping jaws could b called into action. The patent was finally granted in 1961, but by then the vise had already been on the market a year. I suppose that’s what the term “Patent Pending” is all about.



I have replacement peaces glued up to replace the old one

also replace the steel jaws with wood


If you can find one of these, buy it. It is a great vice. It can be swiveled 360 so the jaw can clamp at any angle.
What vice do have?????

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31



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JuniorJoiner

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#1 posted 1244 days ago

I think this vise looks like exactly what I need on my next bench. I prefer new when I can get it, so I just e-mailed walter meier to see if they still make this vise, or if they have the casting forms to reproduce a small batch.
great work and a nice looking bench and vise. I use a wooden leg vise and a wooden shoulder end vise on my current bench, but I find I work differently now, so I will be making a new bench soon.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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gpastor

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#2 posted 1244 days ago

JJ, let me know if they will make them, I would buy one just for a back up or a future bench

-- Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life. Proverbs 16:31

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BigTiny

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#3 posted 1243 days ago

Don’t toss those iron faces. You’ll find them useful from time to time. We all end up doing a bit of metalwork from time to time.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 1242 days ago

Got the new uper jaws made

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