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Vise Picture Thread

Discussion in 'Other Tools' started by Ptpalpha, May 12, 2017.

  1. Ptpalpha

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    Turns just fine. Missing one 10-32 in the collar, probably replace all 3 with allen heads. I flipped the jaws, but they really didn't show much use.
    Tomorrow I'll take a pic of the date stamp to see if anyone can clarify it for me. It seems like the die bounced on each number, something like "66 88 77" with each subsequent number slightly higher than the previous.
    You'll see what I mean in the pic.
     
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    June of 1987 I believe. Makes that vise my age lol. From what I recall, they stamped the month and the year.
     
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    Thanks, Dale. I was just guessing at the number sequence, didn't remember the exact digits.
    But now I know that you're just a kid!!
     
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    30 yrs old in less than a month
     
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    This was a fun little restoration project. I had to manufacture the main crank bolt, and replace the bolt that locks the rotation mechanism in place. I also added the rubber pads on the wide half of the jaws. It also has a very large throat capacity. (6")
     
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    From this:
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    To this:
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    And now I'm ashamed to say that I don't want to put it to work! My wife, for some unknown reason, has not been receptive to any of my ideas for displaying it in the living room. Even the glass case on a revolving walnut base idea didn't appeal to her!??
    Don't worry, I'll get over the urge to keep her pretty. (the vise, not the wife!)
     
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    I would use it, carefully. Save the rough work for one of the other vises.
     
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    Nice work.
     
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    Great thread!


    I can share a few before and after pics...

    A 4" Columbian

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    And my favorite vise....a Versa Vise. If you've seen these before you know how handy they are for small to medium projects. I love it for leatherwork. These can switch from operating horizontally to vertically and back back again in about 3 seconds, and swivel 360° in both positions and everything locks in place when you clamp it down. Super quick and super versatile!

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    I used some 9oz. leather with some small magnet sheets to make some non marring pads for it. Being magnetic they hold in place perfectly and I can put them on or take them off quick and easy.

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    My heavy duty vise....a Charles Parker that dates back to 1926. When I picked this up the previous owner had spray painted it red right over the top of a layer of superficial rust. So I stripped it down and cleaned it up.

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    I opted to leave the bare metal/oiled look as this one would see some heavier use and a pretty paint job would just get dinged up anyway. I can't put it on a permanent table at the moment so I mounted it on a big stump. Made the stump and the hardware look old so the whole thing would look like a big decorative antique sitting in a corner of the house....haha. Between the weight of the stump and the vise itself it sits steady enough for most uses until I get the chance to mount it to my table. I can't waylay on it or anything right now but its good enough to hold me over for the moment. I love Parkers though. They put a lot of thought into the design...some of the best vises ever made in my opinion.

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    Beautiful work on the restorations!!
    Now I want a beefy old Parker!!
     
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    Those are nice vises @Jakuka, great job cleaning them up too.
    I think that Parker looks great in the house!
     
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    Here's my latest find. Not bad for a $1.50. Actually my wife brought this home after a day of garage-sale surfing. (Probably to justify her purchase of another antique sewing machine- lol)

    There was no manufacturer's mark anywhere on it, but it really cleaned up nice and functions perfectly.
    I am not exactly sure of its intended use, as it has a very small opening, and it has a cam-lock closing mechanism.
    My best guess is it was designed for holding leather or hide while stretching, scraping or tanning. (taxidermy)

    Anybody have more insight, please respond. Thanks. VisePic1-B4.jpg VisePic2-B4.jpg VisePic3-After.jpg VisePic4-After.jpg VisePic5-After.jpg VisePic6-After.jpg
     
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    Id say that's a saw sharpening vise.
    I've got one similar that is. They aren't really for big crosscuts, but carpenter saws.
     
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    Thanks for the info. That makes sense.
     
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    I like the Versa Vise as well....have one in my basement shop.
    Needed a horizontal vice to g=houd several machetes

    Looked at a lot of swivel vises, the Versa Vice....still did not get me to horizontal.......
    Soo added a low profile vice to a 2X6 and chucked that up in the bench vice.....and gave me clearance for sharping those blades....
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    and I can stand it in the corner when not in use.
     
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    image.jpg This an old pole vise I found under some debris in the tack room in grand dads old cattle barn. Believe it or not the the threads are protected by a sleeve and it opens/shuts smoothly. He's been dead since 1975 so I know it has not been used at least since then...manufacturer marked as "Chief" brand. 41 inches long....I'm going to clean/restore it and use it my work shop.
     
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    I'm sure it's an Indian Chief. Made by Columbian, great vise. I have its brother, posted above. What's the jaw width?
     
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    Handy vice. A lot of times the spring is broken, that one looks to be intact. I use mine quite a bit.
     
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    My $15 yard sale find.
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    I love it. Overbuilt, and incredibly useful old treasures, being brought back to life and put back into service by folks who share a passion for high quality, well made tools.
    Warms my heart, I tell ya.
     
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    Believe it's 4-1/2 inch.
     
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    Great find. I have been looking for a post vise. Please post pics when you get it cleaned up and mounted.
     
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    [​IMG] Not sure why these leg vises don't get any love here. Simple to make and the screws are common.This one is from all donated materials. They probably deserved better workmanship than I gave it. Down and dirty type of construction with no sanding or finish. Walnut jaws cut offset and padded with shoe insoles covered in leather. Time to replace that padding. Its been twelve years. The handle is from black locust draw knifed round and the handle ends I made from purple heart using a hole saw. Should have rubber or leather washers but I don't.
    The bottom of the legs are adjustable by a board with holes in it and a wooden dowel. Broken arrow shaft size.
    I made this one higher than the table to enable me to work on both limbs of a bow with a single clamping. It get used a lot on handles also.
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