|Forum topic by redSLED||posted 06-06-2013 02:24 PM||1249 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
06-06-2013 02:24 PM
After much searching and waiting, I just acquired for free (gloating) an old beat-up woodworking vise – a 4”x7” non-quick release face vise made by N. Slater Co. Ltd., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1917-1979). I just read over someone’s meticulous revival of the exact same vise (lots of pictures) here: http://rougeriverworkshop.blogspot.ca/2011/12/n-slater-co-ltd-woodworking-vise.html
HOWEVER the bad news is, other than pitted rust, the 7/8” acme-thread main screw is bent very slightly at the 2”-3” open position causing it to bind significantly – very not good. The vise came from an old primary school 27” high woodworking bench – the kids were probably leaning on it a lot at some point or the bench fell over with the vise open, although the guide rods are totally straight (?).
Anyhow, the vise has been taken apart, and I’m thinking of propping the vise main screw up on some 2×4 supports and smacking it hard with a small sledgehammer and a piece of hardwood after propane torch heating it up as hot as possible first, to bend it straight. Anyone here have a better idea or other DIY recommendations to fix the main screw of this old workhorse, so I can bring it back to life! My first real workbench is waiting impatiently. Thanks in advance.
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