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Forum topic by shipwright posted 03-03-2014 09:58 PM 2157 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2014 09:58 PM

My friend picked this up at a thrift shop cheap, thinking he could make some sort of bench vice from it. It’s missing a nut.
Question #1: Have you ever seen one of these. It seems awfully narrow to be a useful vice although the dog holes would be somewhat useful.
Question #2: Any idea where to find a nut? We tried Fastenal and a specialty nut / bolt supplier and are assured that it is neither acme nor coil thread.

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 10:03 PM

That is off of a bench that harbor freight sells. You could go to a store and take a look at the nut used – they might even sell the part.

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 10:05 PM

It looks like a vise from a cheap imported woodworkers bench. The thread is likely a Metric version of an ACME thread. Maybe the Harbor Freight model workbench is where it came from. If you have a Harbor Freight Store nearby, take it there and see if it fits their bench. If it does, maybe you can order the nut from them.


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#3 posted 03-03-2014 10:06 PM

That was my first thought, it came off HF bench. The nut is probably still in the bench. See if HF will sell the part.

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 10:20 PM

If it’s a metric nut and you can determine its size, shoot me a PM Paul, that’s right in my park! :)

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 10:24 PM

Tacoma Screw has everything under the sun, but they are only here in WA ;-(( If you Google screw products in AZ you might find a place. Or, stop at Tacoma Screw on your way home.;-))

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 10:29 PM

I think I have the whole bench at home. I can check to see what size the nut and threads are supposed to be…

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 10:30 PM

Question #1: I have that bench. It’s kind of useful for holding smallish parts, and I’ve used the dog holes to set up a planing stop. Other than that I wish I had a better bench/vise setup. I kind of hate mine, but it was free, so I can’t complain too much.
Here’s a crappy pic of the nut. It’s built into a little box, so you have to take it apart to get to it. Funky looking thing. I couldn’t tell you what the threads are.

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 11:10 PM

McMaster Carr sells Acme Nuts
both SAE and Metric

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#9 posted 03-03-2014 11:13 PM

Is it pipe threaded .

This might help.

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#10 posted 03-03-2014 11:19 PM

No Jim it is square topped but apparently neither acme nor coil. I will contact HF and see what they can tell me,
Funny thing is we were at HF this afternoon and didn’t even think to look at their bench.
...... Go figure.

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#11 posted 03-04-2014 02:38 AM

Funny, I knew exactly what it was because I have one sitting in my garage because I’m turning that crappy workbench into something else. But like Wolfdaddy said, what it goes into is impossible to get unless you tear it apart.

Just in case, here’s the product manual – may or may not come in handy when you call.

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#12 posted 03-04-2014 03:23 AM

Check the taper against a Wintworth (Wentworth) taper.
They made a similar taper with a flat top.

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#13 posted 03-04-2014 03:29 AM

What a great source of information. I bookmarked a couple great sites just from this one conversation. Thanks everyone.

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#14 posted 03-04-2014 03:50 AM

I am late to the party but definitely the same one on my bench from harborfreight.

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#15 posted 03-04-2014 04:12 AM

It’s 100% a HF. just put my bench together this week.

Off topic, it’s not a roubo bench but why do most veteran woodworkers here have a problem with this bench? $130 when glued and screwed with rubber leveling feet and 200lbs on it is shockingly stable.

I’m adding lower drawers to stabilize it further. I just find it shocking that people poo poo this just because it’s HF. A total of $190 into mine so far and it’s rock solid.

I can’t move mine while planing, even really deep scrub planing.


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