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Blog entry by rance posted 655 days ago 3391 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend of mine came across this old vise.

It was rusted a bit when he got it. We didn’t get any pictures of it in its original condition though. I recommended he use the molassas method of de-rusting it. He did that for a couple of weeks. We then took it to the car wash to spray it off and then dry it off. He scrubbed it a bit, then lubricated it a bit to loosen up a few joints and it works like a charm.

I’ve never seen one of these quick-release mechanisms but it works wonderfully. Opened:

And Closed:

More identification numbers:

From below:

He is considering mounting it to his newly built bench. Questions he would like answered:
How old is it?
What is its value?

Thank you for any input you could provide.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--



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MedicKen

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#1 posted 655 days ago

Most likely from the 50’s. As for value, its hard to say. From the pics it looks to be a 10” wide vise. If it is I would say in the $40-$70 range.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 655 days ago

Looks like a nice old friend…

I have no idea of age or worth…
I’d have to google, etc.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Roger

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#3 posted 655 days ago

I’d say at least 50bux

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

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 654 days ago

I’ve got two of these on my bench that I built back in 1977; however, they are red and I can’t remember whether the gray came out after the red or before. As I recall they were somewhere in the $75 to $100 range back then, but it could have been less. They work great and I have one on each side of the work (multipurpose) bench I build and still use as my main, go to work bench (the other being my covered table saw or something rigged using saw horses).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 654 days ago

I bought a Columbian vise with a quick release nut that looked almost like that one for $30 at a flea market in Az.

I think you can get about $50 for one in good shape…........Jim

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

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rance

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#6 posted 653 days ago

Thanks for the info. guys. I think this one is gonna work out real nice for him.

John, did you buy yours new?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 653 days ago

Yes, ordered from Sears catalog—probably on sale and on my Sears charge card as I’d just finished school in K.C. and moved back home. They are great vises, built in U.S.A. at a time when vises cost as much or more than today’s vises made in the Asian rim.

P.S. Be sure to tell your friend to keep the quick close mechanism (your 3rd & 4th pictures) clean and slightly lubricated to function properly (white lithium grease is what I use).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 653 days ago

I remember those Sears & Roebuck catalogs… “Dream Books” is what we called them…
... I drooled aver many a rifle in that book! Along with Monkey Wards & Penney’s…
I can’t remember when they stopped printing those beautiful books… perfect to support the phrase “Well, I can Dream can’t I”.

Must be really OLD… for sure… Oooops… that means me too… darn… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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rance

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#9 posted 651 days ago

Thanks John. I suggested he use parafin to keep the dust from sticking to it. But Silicone should do just fine too.

Joe, yes, those were the days.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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RippKutt

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#10 posted 198 days ago

Hello LJ, I have one of these unmounted right now. I don’t know if it is Craftsman or whoever. This was my Dad’s and I’ve held on to it. I did have it mounted some time ago and won’t part with it. A half turn left and it releases. No more spinning the handle. Slide it in or out and clamp again. As far as the price.. I would say ‘priceless’. Please don’t sell it, hand it down to someone in your family that will appreciate it. It’s a Craftsman tool from the 50’s,.... when America made tools. Thanx, Ripp

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