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shipwright

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171 days ago

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.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/


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#1 posted 171 days ago

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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CharleyL

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#2 posted 171 days ago

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.

Charley

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 171 days ago

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.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 171 days ago

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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 171 days ago

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 171 days ago

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 171 days ago

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.

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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DrDirt

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#8 posted 171 days ago

McMaster Carr sells Acme Nuts
both SAE and Metric

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#9 posted 171 days ago

Is it pipe threaded .

This might help.

http://www.harborfreight.com/faq

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shipwright

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#10 posted 171 days ago

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.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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ColonelTravis

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#11 posted 171 days ago

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.
http://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/93000-93999/93454.pdf

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ksSlim

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#12 posted 171 days ago

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

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nomercadies

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#13 posted 171 days ago

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

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#14 posted 171 days ago

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

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#15 posted 171 days ago

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.

Paul

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