|Forum topic by BullHammer||posted 08-07-2016 04:20 AM||253 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
08-07-2016 04:20 AM
I have a few questions about vintage vises, but first my finds:
I found a very rusty, but still workable, large Columbian vise, similar to the one hhhopks highlights in his forum post “New Life for a Columbian Woodworking Vise #2: Will it turn?”. I was able to pick it up at an auction for less than $10.
It was “turn your hands and car red” rusty. I was able to take it a part and have it soaking an a vinegar bath right now. I already scrubbed it once and will likely scrub it again to make sure it’s all clean.
Here’s a reference pic…it’s not my pic.
My second find is my favorite; a leg vise. It was a $40 Craigslist find. It looks like the previous owner remade the back side of the vise as it’s a large chunk of brass. The faces are quartersawn oak. The whole thing has a “farmer special” feel to it. By that I mean, something a farmer once bought, but then changed, upgraded, or fixed as needed over the years of use.
Here’s an overview of the leg vise…
The backside. The metal where the screw comes out is solid brass…
Jaw pads are metal…
1) What should I do to protect the vises once clean? Should I re-paint the Columbian, paste wax, BLO, cold blue?
Really, any advise would help. I along with the Columbian, I won 5 vintage planes: 3 scrub, one longer one, and one (very cool and likely old) rabbet plane (together less than $9), so I will need any help I can get. (Before anyone comments, I know there are lots of posts on rehabbing planes. They are numerous and throughout)
Thanks in advance!