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Forum topic by dakremer posted 06-16-2011 09:10 PM 7046 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2011 09:10 PM

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Hey guys. Here is another gem in “my” workshop! :) A very old bench vise. It is not mounted correctly. You’ll notice the long rod extending down towards the floor. That rod is supposed to be put into the concrete for more stability/support. Instead it is just attached to the bench. He actually has two of these. One is in the corner of his shop collecting dust. It seems like I find something new/cool in his shop every day!

Any others with some unique or old bench vises they’d like to share????

(when I say “my” workshop – i mean my neighbor’s workshop. I dont have my own, and he is kind enough to let me come in and play as much as I want – very very nice man)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 09:13 PM

That’s an old blacksmith or farmers vice. I have a few of them given to me freely there very well designed.Make some wooden jaws and it will be even better. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 09:17 PM

What a beast. Get that thing mounted into the concrete and it would take about anything I imagine.


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#3 posted 06-16-2011 09:20 PM

That thing’s awesome.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 09:39 PM

The pictures dont do it justice. It is a pretty big beast!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 09:44 PM

I have mostly heard them called post vices and they are used primarily by blacksmiths. I have one to go with my other blacksmith tools; however, I don’t have my blacksmith stuff set up right now but I sure do wish that I did.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 06-17-2011 06:51 AM

Helluva, I would love to get into metal work as well. My neighbor (who lets me use his shop) has a forge and blacksmith stuff as well. I need to ask him if he’ll teach me how to use it…

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#7 posted 06-17-2011 01:27 PM

I have mine mounted on a chunk of log, like our local historical site’s blacksmith shop has, along with two other smaller vices. The log is standing on end, with metal banding from lifts of lumber arround it, the leg isn’t in the floor, but right on it. And it gets a pounding ! Like the old smithy I’ve added hanger/hooks around the wood with a hammer and tong collection on them.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 06-17-2011 03:11 PM

I’ve come across a few of those over the years at antique stores and yard sales. I’m always tempted to buy one, but never pull the trigger since I’m not really sure how it would be of any practical use for me. If I had unlimited space, I’d buy just because its a cool looking chunk of metal.

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#9 posted 06-17-2011 04:20 PM

Those really are beasts! A friend just gave me one that looks just like the one posted. Haven’t got it set up yet. Think I need to build a new bench for it.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#10 posted 06-17-2011 04:24 PM

Dak, you’re the luckiest man that I know of; he’s has a blacksmith shop too? You definitely want to ask him if you can use it. Maybe he will teach you some blacksmithing. God Bless and keep up the good work – keep up those grades too.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 11-12-2014 04:15 PM

That is a gem – worth a million

-- shuja

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