Vice Handle - First Wood Turning Project

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Project by GrumpyCub posted 01-06-2018 11:54 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently restored an old Colombian vice. It had a metal handle on it but I prefer wood handles. A 7/8” oak dowel fit the vice perfectly, all I needed was caps for the ends of the handle. I do not yet own a lathe so I called my Dad. He has my grandfather’s old 10ER shop smith. I have never turned on a lathe, but with Dad’s assistance I turned a usable set of caps for my vice handle. The handle is finished with a clear comprised of equal parts Poly, BLO, and Mineral Spirits.

This handle was the perfect finishing touch for my old vice and I think I’ll get many years of use out of it. Turning with my Dad on my grandpa’s old machine was beyond cool.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-07-2018 12:30 AM

Nice job on the vise restoration, son. Handle looks great on it.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. (They hate it when you do that).

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#2 posted 01-07-2018 05:26 PM

I’ll bet that is the first of many tool handles you turn. I always enjoy turning something for the shop.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 01-07-2018 05:51 PM

For a first-timer, they look good! And now you know how to make apples as well!!!

Don’t you just love old tools?

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 01-07-2018 05:54 PM

Nice handle. Is it a vice to call a vise a vice?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 01-07-2018 07:52 PM

Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 01-07-2018 07:57 PM

Congratulations on an excellent start on the lathe. Sixty years ago my grandfather stood me up to a turning lathe. He lit a passion that has filled my life with thousands of hours of enjoyment. Stay with it and pass the love along to the next generations.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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