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Forum topic by drcodfish posted 11-01-2015 10:59 AM 781 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-01-2015 10:59 AM

A friend gave me this old leg vise, which he saved from a neighbors burn pile just in the nick of time. To be honest I wasn’t sure I would use it, I didn’t know how well it would clean up. But after a trip to the platers for bead blasting and powder coat It looked pretty nice.

A couple questions for you though:

1, Note the oblong hole in the garter which the screw runs through. Any idea which way that should be screwed to the leg board? Horizontal to allow the vise to cam one way or the other to better hold uneven work pieces, or vertically to allow the leg board to cam up or down in case you have not set the parallel guide for perfect parallel?

2. Any idea the maker and vintage? There are no makers marks or other visible markings on the hardware.

I apologize for not posting pics, I need to reduce the resolution on my camera and have not figured that out just yet. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

-- Dr C

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#1 posted 11-01-2015 02:59 PM

A great save and restoration! The oblong piece should run up and down to allow compensation for those “in between” sized clamping chores.

I have done a lot of photo editing, both as a hobby and professionally. For quick photo re-sizing and loss-less rotation of photos I frequently use a FREE program called Irfanview. It loads quicker than Photoshop or the other big photo processing software packages and is very easy to use. It also makes it easy to do a repeating slide show of all the photos in a directory. It has the ability to do some basic photo corrections, but I always use Photoshop for this. A Google search will bring it up easily, but be sure to download both the program and the plug-ins.


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#2 posted 11-01-2015 03:00 PM

Dr. Codfish,

You should not change resolution on your camera. Instead, once you’ve saved the pictures to your computer, use a graphics program such as photoshop (or even Paint) to resize a copy of the photo, keeping the original in it’s high quality mode.

Sorry I can’t help with your questions about the vise.

Good Luck and remember…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 11-01-2015 04:09 PM

ooo…might purdy :) I can’t answer your questions on the leg vice. I have a selection on my camera for all type of sizes. Default was 20mb 5152×3864 which LJ’s will not allow. I bump it down on the camera itself to 2mb 1600×1200 for ordinary run of the mill pictures, which suffices. example:

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#4 posted 11-01-2015 08:07 PM

Thanks for your responses, It didn’t occur to me to mention that this thing was mounted in the old chop with the oblong slot running horizontally. I’ll probably go with that absent any other definitive advice. I have a pretty nice piece of hard maple for the chop: there is a gentleman not 5 miles down the road with a large back yard mill and four huge sheds in his pasture stuffed to the gills with local Maple, Madrone Walnut and other domestics all guaranteed air dried for at lest three years. I bought two planks form him which became to top for my bench project, walnut for the end skirts, and this nice piece of figured maple for the chop. I was hoping to have this project done today but other duties call.

Thanks also for the photo tips. I will probably have to have the IT director help with this. I know she will be happy to help but I also know that there will probably be additions to the honey-do list, which is as it should be.

HerbC: Thanks for the advice, in September I stuck my left index finger (I’m a lefty) in the blade of an old band saw. I split it down into the first knuckle (16 stitches). No surgery, just nicked the bone the docs are in a wait and see mode about that (I go back for my next evaluation next Friday). . The stitches are out and fortunately I didn’t loose any parts, but the finger now flexes a little funny and the nerves are pretty stirred up: Some parts are without feeling and some parts are as tender as hello. The net result is I am extremely careful now around the machines. The old saw is a 1997 model Grizzly, I nicknamed it the man eater.

-- Dr C

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