Show us your bench vice(s)

  1. MattF

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    I've employed that approach several times. :D Bit of a double edged sword though. You run the risk of being told you never take them anywhere unless you're collecting something, when they get the huff on. :D
     
  2. fixerupper

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    This is my vice ....jeff...
     
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  3. MattF

    MattF Member

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    Nice. Leg vices are a timeless classic. They look sexy too. :D
     
  4. MattF

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    I know we have a few with these on here, so just to give them a poke, (not you, until you get yours welded Tigman :D), to post theirs, a 1944 4" Swindens.

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  5. CRB

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    You NEED help.:vsad:
     
  6. chunkolini

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    Updated photo of mine, note how the vice has changed colour as well.
    This was taken today, shows wheel, spare vice tiny anvil and tool racks.
    It is moveable but a bit dodgy.
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  7. Rig Pig

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    How do you get on with the vice on a wheeled stand? I have mine bolted to a heavy bench that's bolted to the floor so I can get some leverage.
     
  8. chunkolini

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    It has not been a problem, I avoided bolting it down because the floor would disintegrate. Too thin and no reinforcing mesh in it.
    Too my surprise it is less inconvenience than having it fixed down.
    Their is an inch of ply below the steel plate and it sits on the floor on four bolt heads so the weight is focused on a tiny area.
    To use the wheels I tip it up and stagger around praying not to drop it. They are about 30mm clear of the floor when not being moved.
     
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  9. monky harris Member

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    ^^^ these have to be the winners....:clapping:


    here are mine

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    blue un is a 1 ton vice



    the redish one was.. a broken, cast woodwork vice ...:(

    so i had an old trolly jack that was leaking,
    so i saved the sides and scrapped the rest


    the rsj and the big lump of steel i welded to it is my bench anvil...
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    then i had the idea to make the vice suitable for bending thin metal sheet,
    i welded some bar inside the plates, and then welded the front plate onto the runners in the old vice

    it is great to trap things to be welded in the vice and put the earth clamp on the handle :welder:


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    random shot of the wall above the welding corner , the orange is a sheet of steel


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    Last edited: Feb 23, 2015
  10. chunkolini

    chunkolini celebrity artiste

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    Brilliant.
     
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  11. monky harris Member

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    Wow praise indeed...:)

    It's just an area I decided to make into a welding corner..ready to start some work on my 1972 vw camper...

    I broke the. Woodwork vice a Few years ago ..:doh:

    then had a recycling brain wave..:D

    I might tidy up the welds one day...but I doubt it...:whistle:
     
  12. Maker

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  13. CRB

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    Just did a quick tart up on my spare vice.

    Before
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    After
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    In finest ford blue!

    Thanks to MattF for a few tips.

    For information a valve spring from a Hino cement truck fits a no6 record!
     
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  15. MattF

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    Looks good Edd. :) Glad to hear you found a suitable spring. I bet it was a tad cheaper than the OEM option too. :D


    Tell me something I don't already know. :D


    The vice has done a bit more than just change colour. :D Those bolt croppers are huge.
     
  16. MattF

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    That's a nice bit of adaptation MH. :) Nice to see something made good instead of just scrapping things.
     
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  17. monky harris Member

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    Thanx..
    I broke the cast woodworking vice around 4 years ago ( the old favourite,over tightening it) and it's been screwed there ever since..:whistle:

    I've waited 3 years to use the plates from the old trolly jack..now I have a decent welder..the murex 235 ,( or which ever model it is....:dontknow:)
    stuffs gonna get welded...:welder:
     
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  18. MattF

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    Honestly, you make it sound like I'm a complete and utter vice saddo.... :whistle: :D


    A baby vice.

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    Jaw width is just 2-1/8". Still need to add the pins on that one. Someone had replaced them with bolts at some point in the past.
     
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  19. Cobs Member

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    I have one of these, inherited it with the house 20 years ago, great vice
     
  20. brewdexta

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