Old woodworking vise

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Blog entry by longgone posted 05-07-2011 06:45 PM 5642 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone know what this wooden vise might be used for? I was given this by a neighbor who had it in storage and said it belonged to his great grandfather. It is about 42” long and has the metal scissor extensions on both sides…therefore a long board cannot be inserted. the rhreaded screw is about 1.5” in diameter.
It is kind of neat but i am not sure what to do with it.

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#1 posted 05-07-2011 07:39 PM

i guess leather work

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 08:10 PM

the scissors is to hold the jaws paralell
but what its for I don´t have a clue except it can´t be for letherwork
and I don´t think it can upen as much as the screw indicates
slid in the scissor isn´t that long

I do look forward to here one of the clever L Js coming up with the answer :-)


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#3 posted 05-07-2011 09:11 PM

Does the threaded dowel pass through the piece on the bottom, push on it, or thread into it? Intriguing, indeed!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 09:22 PM

The threaded bolt passes through both pieces and there is a metal plate on the backside of the other piece.
I can’t figure it out and may jusr either hang it on the wall as a decoration or throw it out. I am trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my workbench.

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 10:52 PM

on to the wall with it after you have restored the iron on it :-)

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#6 posted 05-07-2011 11:27 PM

It looks to me that this is a kind of vise. It would have to mounted on a bench vertically with the jaws at the top. Of course to be effective it would have to be capable of applying enough pressure. It isn’t necessarily a woodworking vise.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-08-2011 02:05 AM

Could it possibly be a spreader or lift of some sort.
Also, hang it on the wall, it would be a shame to throw it out and find out it was used to build the Ark! Lol.

-- 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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#8 posted 05-08-2011 04:56 AM

It looks like a leather hand stitching vise which was mounted vertically through a bench that you straddle.Ive seen these in several old saddle shops.DONT THROW IT AWAY.

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

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#9 posted 05-08-2011 05:51 PM

Why don’t you mount it vertically on the far end of your bench from the main vice & use it as a support vice for planing edges on long planks I guess it looks to be about 6” wide?? please don’t dump it it’s beautiful & obviously has real history

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 05-09-2011 04:53 AM

Leather stitching. the bottom sticks thru a hole in the bench you sit on. the jays hold the leather you are working on. You sew with a hand haul.

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#11 posted 05-09-2011 06:28 AM

I’d say a vise.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 05-09-2011 02:20 PM

I’d say it is possibly a stitching horse of a type I’ve never seen. The rounded jaws would be the top.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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