Vintage Face Vise re-make

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Blog entry by hunter71 posted 01-09-2013 12:53 PM 3029 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Trade Day was good to me today. An old black gentleman was sitting with a Columbian 10” face vise by his feet. How much?—-offer—-$10 bucks—-$15—-I like $12. OK. I got the money out as quick as I could without looking anxious. It was rusty, just surface rust, but looked fully functional. Once home I disassembled it to reveled it truly was on great shape. Into the blast cabinet and it looked like it came right out of the forge a hundred years ago. Finished with hammered grey spray paint.
I am very happy with the find, the face vises we have today are not nearly as well built as this. It even has removable screw giudes.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 01:43 PM

Oh yea! gr8 find, and gr8 re-do. The ones nowadays are mostly crap. Steel from afar, is nothin like good ole USA made steel.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 02:35 PM

Wow! Very nice find!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 01-09-2013 02:47 PM

That’s awesome. I’ve been looking hard for something like that around here, but no luck yet.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 04:57 PM

Nice Job! I’d be willing to let you double your outlay of cash.
Would fit just right on my portable bench I’m designing.

Again—-Sweeet Scooore! Tide still rools

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#5 posted 01-09-2013 05:03 PM

I sure hope you did the FACE to the sky! “HEY THANKS!” thing.

Youse a lucky dude!

-- just rjR

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 05:03 PM

Nice Find, I will give ya 20$ for it, no, oh well enjoy… ;)

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Bob Kollman

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 06:09 PM

Nice find and it cleaned up nice!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Don W

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 06:28 PM

$12? I paid $20 for mine and was completely happy.

Columbian 10” quick release wood vise. I wasn’t going to buy it, but when the price got down to $20, I couldn’t leave it. Yes it needed some tlc,

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 06:31 PM

Good find and super rehab.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 01-09-2013 11:03 PM

good find, I have the same one and love it! Yours looks great painted.

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