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Forum topic by Thomas Keefe posted 03-06-2010 09:41 AM 2817 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thomas Keefe

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03-06-2010 09:41 AM

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I just bought a used quick release woodworking vise. The biggest problem I see is some rust on the
screw. I am thinking of removing the rust with a wire brush. What should I do to protect the screw
from more rust? Should I use some type of oil or grease? It seems like this would keep the rust from
returning, but I am afraid it will contaminate things I clamp in the vise. Any thoughts?

I need to install some new wooden faces. I am thinking of white oak. It seems like a hard wood like this
will last well but I am wondering if it might mar the pieces that I clamp if I am not careful. Any thoughts
on this selection?

Thanks for you help.


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#1 posted 03-06-2010 10:25 AM

Assuming that you’re talking about a Record type vice, then you shouldn’t need to worry too much about the lubricant marring the wood as the screw is below the guide rails. Grease would be the best thing to use as it wouldn’t get soaked up by the shavings and sawdust or drip off, but use it sparingly. So with that recommendation, I can tell you that I used lawnmower engine oil on my vice after I cleaned it up around a year ago (didn’t have anything else around) – it’s still well lubricated and working fine.

As the for faces – mine has what looks like beech (they were fitted by the previous owner and they’re well aged so it’s hard to be sure). I have a couple of rabbeted blocks of very soft pine that I drop over the hard faces when I’m holding pine.

-- John

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 08:54 PM

Thanks John. I will go ahead and grease the screw.


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