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05-08-2012 08:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: roubo leg vise workbench antique

my latest craigslist treasure! it will go on my Roubo (http://lumberjocks.com/affyx/blog/29786). Where oh where do i begin to restore it?

I pick it up Friday so although the seller tells me it works, that has yet to be proven to my satisfaction

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 11:23 PM

Now that’s a vise!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 12:02 AM

How much did you end up paying for it?

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 02:28 AM

A good cleaning. Buy some grain alcohol and a toothbrush and get as much grit and grime off the thing as you can….Then you will have any idea what needs to be fixed because you should be able to see it.

Great score by the way.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 01:17 PM

Thanks guys! I have some deck cleaner that is great for removing oxidation. Was thinking of using that, then BLO to see how the wood restores. The wood screw is in fairly good condition, the old bench leg and chop, not so much. Whatever I salvage, i’ll be happy with.

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#5 posted 05-11-2012 01:19 PM

Keni: I went to pick it up $15 in hand, I ended up spending $25 for two vises and a box of tools – i’m giddy!
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Vise 1:
leg vise and tools score

leg vise and tools score
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Vise 2:
leg vise and tools score

leg vise and tools score
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Vise 1 screw & nut:
leg vise and tools score
...
Box’o’tools:
leg vise and tools score

leg vise and tools score

leg vise and tools score

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and it’s Friday! All is right with the world!

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 04:09 AM

the screw is toofar gone in its sweet spot to really get much use out of it, so I think I’ll turn this into something useful…

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#7 posted 05-16-2012 12:48 PM

That will be a good salvage.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 05-16-2012 12:56 PM

Nice finds. I love the leg vice.

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#9 posted 05-16-2012 01:14 PM

I like your drawing, but I can’t figure it out. What is the screw actually accomplishing in the drawing?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 01:34 PM

thanks

not sure yet Brandon, trying to come up with a way to use it as a stretcher with the chop as the top and the old leg as the, well, legs…

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#11 posted 05-21-2012 04:18 AM

That two speed egg beater drill was worth the money, I use mine all the time. Its amazing how much torque you can generate with one of those on your chest.. GOOD deal all around..

-- Papa@papaswoodworking.com

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