|Forum topic by DylanC||posted 08-04-2014 02:47 AM||1128 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
08-04-2014 02:47 AM
Among a few other things, I found an older quick release vise at an estate sale recently. The seller intended it to be “bundled” with a tablesaw, but I offered him $10 and, just like that, it was mine. There are no real distinguishing markings on the castings, but it doesn’t appear to match any of the “standard” types that show up in a google search.
Everything but the handle is present and in working order, including a pop-up dog. The jaws are about 10” wide and 10” apart when fully open. The way it operates is a bit different from what I have read regarding other quick release vises. The screw has a notch machined along it’s entire length. The rear vise casting has a 1/4” wide by 2” long insert that engages with the screw. When the notch is in the 6 o’clock position, the vise opens and closes freely.
To clamp something in the vise, the handle is turned to the 6 o’clock position, the vise is pushed onto the workpiece, and the handle is turned until tight. If you turn the handle a full rotation, the notch aligns with the insert and the vise will loosen. The screw and handle assembly is also spring loaded, so the vise screw has a pit of front-to-back play before it it tightened. This makes it easier to engage the screw and begin clamping.
I am planning on bead blasting the castings and cleaning up the screw, guide rods, etc., followed by priming and a coat of hammered gray spray paint. Some hardwood jaws, a handle, and this should be ready to use.
-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...