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Forum topic by JuniorJoiner posted 05-10-2017 01:47 AM 495 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JuniorJoiner

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05-10-2017 01:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question jig clamp modern

I haven’t posted in years. Too many irons in the fire.
However, this vise gives me cause to seek guidance.

I have known of this Vise for decades, but aside from the one woodworker who had it, i had never seen another.
I finally got my hands on one this week.

Aside from cosmetic rust and grime, it works great, and a bit of dry grease and a new bench puts it right back into service.
BTW, i know there are many similar vise, This model craftsman just fits my aesthetic.
the question is, do i mess with it? i have wanted one for a long time, and if something breaks during dissasembly or the restoration, it could take ages to find a new one. Or maybe i have been exceptionally unlucky and it is not rare at all, and everyone’s uncle has two in their basement.
would love a little feedback, even if it is to tell me it is a dime a dozen

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.


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#1 posted 05-10-2017 02:04 AM

Wow! Nice Record-made Craftsman looks to me like. Nice find. You didn’t show the underside but if it is just like a Record, should be fairly easy to clean up. I don’t think I would do much more than take any bad rust off if there is any. Paint looks pretty good. Looks like my Record 52-1/2 but grey in color. Very nice.

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#2 posted 05-10-2017 02:19 AM

Junior!
Where the hell you been buddy?
Almost 7 years since your jewelry chest post!

Wire brush that vise GENTLY and oil it up and install it on your bench.
And BAM, get back to posting cool woodworking projects.

(Nice score by the way.)

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 05-10-2017 02:28 AM

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#4 posted 05-12-2017 07:00 PM

so, just going to go ahead and use it, no restoration. the nickel on the shaft would have been tough to get done.
i decided to go with a veritas quick release tail vise for the opposite end of the bench, so going to break out stock this afternoon.

anyone have experience with either of these vises’s with anything to add, will be appreciated.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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