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New Life for a Columbian Woodworking Vise #1: Columbian Woodworking Vise Find

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Blog entry by hhhopks posted 02-18-2012 07:09 PM 7395 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just got back from a woodworking tool estate sale. There were many good buys. I would of purchase a lot more but ran out of money. I spotted this woodworking vise and noticed that it is a quick release. I already got an old vice for the workbench that I am currently building, but it is not a quick release. I thought I would give it a go. I am taking a chance in buying a vise that wouldn’t turn. For $25.00, I don’t think it is much of a gamble.
Here’s what I have found so far:

  1. It is a little rusty.
  2. Something is keeping the screw from tuning.
  3. It is a woodworking vise, from “The Columbian Vise MFG Co Cleveland Ohio”.
  4. You can still see the faded greenish gray color paint on the vise.
  5. The handle is missing.
  6. The screw to handle length is about 19”, jaw width is 7” and the jaw depth is 4”.
  7. There is some marking toward the back that I can’t read clearly at this time. I believe something “10”. Perhaps the jaws have a 10 inch opening.

The vise basically look the same as the one that I already have. Maybe the one I already got is a bit older. I thought perhaps I could “borrow” parts but even though they look the same, I doubt the parts are the same. We shall see. Hopefully, I wouldn’t need any parts.

Here is my plan on cleaning this new old vise:

  1. Unfreeze the screw to see it move. Hopefully, all goes well. No sense of restoring the vise if it won’t move.
  2. Remove the rust following the advices posted here on LJ. I will most likely use the electrolysis method provided I have the proper container. We’ll see how it goes.
  3. Paint the appropriate surface.
  4. Lubricate the moving parts.
  5. If timing is right, gather the hardware and mount it on my new workbench.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS



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#1 posted 02-18-2012 07:19 PM

I look forward to seeing (hint; pictures), your restoration of this vise! Keep posting your progress.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 07:26 PM

It’s my first blog. Just click too soon. Anyway the pics are up.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 08:29 PM

awesome! Thanks for the picks.

When you think about it, a vise is pretty simple machine. Removing the rust &/or lubing with penetrating oil, should free up the movement.

Good luck, can’t wait to see it on your bench, doing it’s thing!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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