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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 04-22-2014 10:08 PM 743 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2014 10:08 PM

Hi folks,
I hope to build a bench soon, and I’m looking around on CL for vises. I don’t have a huge budget, so I figured I’d pick up a vintage vise that isn’t too pretty and fix her up. Well, I found a guy asking $50 a piece for two regular vises, and $20 for a quick release with a broken casting where it bolts on. I don’t want to deal with that, even though a quick release would be nice. He said he’d go $45 on either of the other ones. I’m going to wait a few days and see if he’ll take $40, but if he won’t budge, $45 is fine. Regardless, I have to choose between the two. Both are in good condition, and turn smoothly. I think they’re both 7” as well. one is a Wilton, the other is a Columbian. Any reason I should choose one over the other? I’m leaning toward the Wilton, but I don’t have a good reason. Mind giving me a good reason? Here are his posted pics of each one, although you can’t see much in the pics.

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 10:19 PM

I may get shot out of the water on this one, but I think if you wait, you can do better. Spring is here, which brings Spring cleaning, which brings yard sales etc. Keep your $45.00 and hang on to it for a bit.

You don’t ‘need’ to buy one (not that that’s ever stopped me) until your bench is underway and there’s a good chance that something better will pop up.

Good luck.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 10:23 PM

Buy a tail vise screw from Lee Valley, and make your own leg vise. You’ll need a 1-1/4” drill bit, some thick hardwood (can laminate thinner pieces together), and something to use as a pin (an old screwdriver works just fine).,41659

About the only advantage I can think of for a traditional quick release vise is that it quick releases.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 10:24 PM

+1 martel

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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