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Record 52A vise - kind of funny kind of tragic story and looking for advice

by whitechev
posted 12-04-2016 10:29 PM

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#1 posted 12-04-2016 10:38 PM

1. have it welded at a shop that welds iron.

2. mending plates.

3. something else.

mending plates won’t intrude on the use of the
vise if wood jaws are added that compensate
for the shape of the mending hardware.

Wood jaws are standard in woodworking vises.

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#2 posted 12-05-2016 03:03 AM

if your handy with a torch look up the process for brazing cast-iron. The most important part to working with cast-iron is preheat and post heat the material sufficiently. You should be able to find tables that give times of heating and cooling. Hopefully your wife doesn’t mind you sticking that vise in the oven for a few hours. At the end of the day any repair wont be as strong as the original but it should be usable.

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#3 posted 12-05-2016 01:55 PM

Brazing should work but will either cost you a little, or maybe a lot depending on where you live. (unless, like ajshobby says, you can do it yourself) I think Loren’s right on. If it were me, I’d put a steel or aluminum mending plate bolted to the 2 jaw pieces then cover the mending plate with a wood liner.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 12-05-2016 11:55 PM

Hey thanks for the replies. If I added a mending plate would I weld it in place? Bolt it?

I had a very skilled machinist/welder I know quote me $100 for the repair…. not worth it for me!

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#5 posted 12-06-2016 12:11 AM

My thought on mending plates is you would
drill and tap holes on either side of the
crack and stitch it up with mending plates.
Put epoxy in there if you like, but make sure
to add a sturdy wooden jaw face with recesses
routed or chiseled out for the mending plates
so the majority of the flat iron face of the
broken vise cheek is bearing firmly against
the back of the wood jaw.

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