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1114 days ago

I thought I’d share this picture of an enormous old wooden vise I cam across at an antique mall (note how small the soda can looks next to it). I don’t think it ever was used on a workbench, but it has features similar to a certain type of bench vise (can’t remember the name). Note, however, that it was apparently attached to something at one time. Not sure what, though.

-- More tools, fewer machines.


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#1 posted 1114 days ago

That looks like an old leg vice.

-- If I cut it too short I can scab a piece on, but if it's too long what do I do?

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#2 posted 1114 days ago

The lower jaw doesn’t look like a workbench leg, does it?

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#3 posted 1114 days ago

Yup, a leg vise of sorts. I’ve seen these in old photos of wagon shops in particular. I suspect the advantage was to lift the work piece, especially curved pieces, above workbench height for shaping with drawknives.

-- Gary Roberts, http://toolemera.com

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#4 posted 1113 days ago

Gary, you’re right. I’d forgotton about the leg vises that extend above the workbench top. Never understood why, but I guess it depends on whether you’re holding a board for planing or something else (like a wagon wheel) that you’re trying to shape.

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#5 posted 1113 days ago

Take a look at the second photo from the top of this page, far left hand corner of the wheelwrights bench. You can just see such a vise.

I had one at one time, had intended to mount it to a bench, never did and finally sent it out to auction.

Most likely I’ll now find a reason to have kept it.

-- Gary Roberts, http://toolemera.com

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#6 posted 1113 days ago

Thanks, Gary.

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#7 posted 1113 days ago

That is so friggin cool that I can’t stand it. I’d love to see him mounted on a 10” bench leg.

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

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#8 posted 1113 days ago

Bertha, the asking price was $300. If you’d like, I can put you in touch with the seller.

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#9 posted 1113 days ago

I paid $18 for the one I picked up at a flea market…

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#10 posted 1113 days ago

Here’s how it goes, Brett. If I saw it for $300 on Ebay, I’d put it on my watch list, then talk myself out of it. If I saw it “in the wild” for $300, I’d be unable to leave without it. I have to go “escorted” to stores that sell antique tools. I can’t be trusted. I’m glad it’s safely near you and not me! ;)

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

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#11 posted 1113 days ago

(in a song-song voice) Bertha, you know you want it!

Old tools are relatively rare in my area of Texas, so when I across them, they’re often overpriced. At this same antique mall, I saw a #4 Stanley Bailey in so-so condition. I checked for the price tag, hoping it was a bargain, and almost threw up when I saw it marked $92.

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#12 posted 1113 days ago

I gotta tell ya, it just ain’t worth that much. Maybe $60 at the most. The wood looks very dry and possibly fragile around the edges. Old wooden bench screws are fun to look at, but often not up to the rigors of bench work. It does make for a good walnut cracker though.

-- Gary Roberts, http://toolemera.com

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#13 posted 1113 days ago

if it can crack walnuts it most be worth 300 …............LOL….............NOT

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#14 posted 1113 days ago

It’d probably take $300 worth of BLO to moisten up. I’d go a bit over $60 for the opportunity but that $300 goes a long way toward a new leg vise.

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

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#15 posted 1113 days ago

:-) but it can crack a valnut …. LOL

Dennis

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