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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-23-2012 05:35 PM 2035 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given this nice Wilton vise because the T-handle was missing and the hole in the shaft was worn pretty thin. I first turned done the screw a little farther to put a new hole for the new t handle and then made a new aluminum T-handle out of 2 pieces of 3/4” stock. I had a friend heli-arc them together and then I turned it to make the T handle. The wooden handle was that last piece needed to bring this vise back to life. I made that out of 2 pieces of maple . I have to get a piece of steel for the dog that slides up and down.

I may have to build a new work bench to put it on. I don’t have enough overhang on the present bench to accept this nice vise.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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#1 posted 08-23-2012 05:42 PM

Cool. Nice job and new vice to boot.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#2 posted 08-23-2012 05:52 PM

Beautiful, Jim. I haven’t seen that style of vise before.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#3 posted 08-23-2012 05:59 PM

Randy, I’ve never see one before either and when they said they were throwing it out for a the lack of a handle, I took it right home! You can hold stuff vertically and horizontally in it. I’ll make some wooden jaws to protect the parts being held in it…............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 08-23-2012 07:34 PM

Looks good Jim.

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#5 posted 08-23-2012 11:14 PM

This is a different style vise. Looks very good, and better since you gave it a very nice handle. I’m sure this will hold many many things in its grip in the future.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#6 posted 08-24-2012 01:52 AM

Jim, like you I was givent this same vise while in the process of building my bench.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 02:20 AM

Well done Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 08:50 AM

Good save Jim, a throw out society is good for a handyman.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#9 posted 08-24-2012 10:30 AM

Well I’ll be, CL810 ( Wilson), there are more of them. Does the dog work for you mounted like you have it? I was thinking I have to mount it almost flush with the top of the bench. On my current bench with little over hang, I’d have to cut out the entire support to use it.

Thanks for showing another one!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 10:49 AM

A job really well done Jim, isn’t it great to be self-contained, wood AND metalwork.
I agree with your remarks to Wilson, mounting flush with the bench top would be the norm, also fitting hard wood extensions using the screw holes provided increases the usefulness even further.

The remark on this shot to “Bj” refers to a forum friend who chided me for having a very scruffy vise, so I rubbed it down and painted it for his benefit.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#11 posted 08-24-2012 11:36 AM

Jim, you did a great job on the handle and restoration of a very unusual vise. I am curious about a couple of things I can see on the front of the vise though…Looks like there are pins and a couple of channels for mounting something on the front. Any ideas what they are for ?

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#12 posted 08-24-2012 12:17 PM

Good morning ,Taoist. those pins and the threaded holes below each of them are for bench dogs that are to be mounted in either one, depending on which side is up. The vise can be mounted on either side of the bench,
It only had one pin in it so I made the other one and I don’t yet have the steel to make the bench dog. It is 3/8×1 1/4 and needs a slot in it so it can go up and down. I’ll put one on the vise but I don’t know that I’ll use it. I’m right handed and like the vise on the right end of my bench but I like the bench dogs to be on the left to contain the part I’m planing.

G’day, Harry. I have a drawing for the wood inserts for the vise that I’ll make today.
That Dawn look like one heck of a vise too!. It looks like it has a quick release lever on it to slide it back or forward quickly, is that right!!

.............................Jim

I have another Columbian vise that is not yet restored, and it has a quick release nut in it that releases right when you back up the screw and you can pull it back to the desired width.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 08-24-2012 04:03 PM

Cool vice.
Lovely handle.
Lucky you my friend.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 08-25-2012 10:12 AM

Another great addition to the shop, looks great.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#15 posted 08-27-2012 01:13 PM

Hey Jim, What a great gift you always make the most of any project. Can’t wait to see the workbench;)

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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