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Forum topic by drcodfish posted 10-31-2015 10:55 PM 673 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2015 10:55 PM

I apologize for not being able to post pics, apparently my camera’s resolution is set a little too high. You can see photos which are appropriate to this post on my flicker Site here.

This old vise was a ‘gift’ from a friend. He rescued it from his neighbors burn pile. It is obvious that this thing sat out in the weather for a very long time, the screw is very pitted. When I first got it I was not sure I would use it, it was in such bad shape I didn’t know if I could get it looking and working well enough to suit my purposes.

I sent it to a plater who bead blasted it and then powder coated the business ends of things. It came out looking great and the screw and thread work well enough for me, and best of all it sort of fits with the old Richards Wilcox vise
I reconditioned and put on the bench earlier.

Two questions for you all:

1. Any idea of the vintage of this piece and who might be the maker? There are no makers marks of any kind visible.

2, Note the oval slot in the garter which allows the screw to travel in one plane. Do you think this is designed to mount horizontally to allow the leg to cam either left or right to accommodate an uneven width work piece? Or do you think it is designed to be mounter vertically to allow the leg a better bite if the parallel guide is not set up to perfectly match the width of thee work piece?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


-- Dr C

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#1 posted 11-01-2015 05:33 PM

Looks very similar to the one on my bench, also an older salvage piece. Lots of them made ‘back in the day,’ and no maker’s marks on them (like you said). And re: the slot, never paid attention to it, actually. I set mine in a new chop the same way it came off the old one, and that was horizontally. It might help prevent sag, but that’s likely wishful thinking; a good fit to the screw through a beefy leg probably does a better job doing that.

I’ll watch to see what others say, good post!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 11-01-2015 07:33 PM

Thanks for your response Smitty, it didn’t occur to me to mention that is was mounted horizontally on the old chop. I have a vey nice piece of hard 2”+ maple to for the leg, was hoping to get that done today but other duties call.

Also, thanks for doing whatever you did to get the pics to show on the post. You probably know that I put a similar post on another forum here and have been getting some advice on how to resize the pics. I’ll have to ask the IT program director to help me with that. I am sure she will be happy to assist but I am also sure there will be several additions to the honey do list.

-- Dr C

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