Fixing an old saw vise with a broken table clamp

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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-02-2011 11:11 PM 2076 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2011 11:11 PM

I bought an old saw vise that looks a little like this one:

Like the one pictured, mine is missing the flat, disk-like clamping surface at the end of the screw (which is present on this C-clamp):

This vise only cost me $2 at a flea market, so it’s not a big deal if I can’t repair it, but I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how I can replace the clamping disk so I can try to use the vise.

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 02:13 PM

Considering you will use this vise on the same place on your bench for sharpening. I would just screw a steel plate underneath the bench where you’ll do your sharpening at.

I had one come off a harbor freight type F clamp and was able to pop it back on and crimp it enough to stay on. You might get one off a cheap clamp to put on it.

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 05:45 PM

I’m with Gregn on the steel plate idea. If that doesn’t work for you, you can make a new plate. Cut a piece off a steel rod. Drill a hole partialy through, peen it just enoought so it “snaps” over the end of your clamp screw. You may be able to peen it a bit more once its on.

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 09:47 AM

How about using one of these? C-Clamp Pads

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