|Forum topic by TraylorPark||posted 02-17-2014 10:02 PM||711 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
02-17-2014 10:02 PM
So this past weekend I was at my parents treasure hunting and while in the wood shed getting a block of walnut for a mallet handle I found this
Seeing that I am in the middle of making a work bench for the shop I scooped it up and asked if they could part with it. My Mom being the hoarder that she is grimaced and then asked what it was. Once I explained what it was she agreed, but I had to promise to give it back when I’m done with it.
I don’t know the exact age, but the property they own was homesteaded in the 1850’s and there was a saw mill present on the property until about the first world war. The original homestead was broken up and sold in the 1950’s, but the outbuilding that this and the probable shop were in have been standing since around the turn of the 20th century.
So back to the question at hand. The vise is pretty solid, with the exception of a few insect holes, and most likely made of pine based on the weight. However, it is very very dry and I worry about the threads being to brittle to crank on them even a little bit. So any suggestion on how to bring this beauty back to life? I was planning on sanding it smooth for appearance and then giving it a ton of BLO. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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