Show us your bench vice(s)

  1. atconut

    atconut Member

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    The little fella has no markings I have two. the other is slightly larger. it is most likely to be made in Poland just after the war. beautifully made same quality as the bigger ones
     
  2. MattF

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    I just get my enamel from the local auto paint place Eschen. I go with their mid range one. It's a synthetic poly., satin finish. Seems to hold up quite well. 14Line I believe is the base manufacturer.

    That's one area where I tend to differ from most. I love to see the surface roughness of cast pieces. I stopped using primer mainly for that reason, as it made cast look way too smooth for my liking. I just apply enamel straight to the cast these days. It's one of my little quirks. :D
     
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  3. eSCHEn

    eSCHEn Bit Wrangler Staff Member

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    Good to hear you do it that way Matt. I've seen a few of your restorations on here and they look fantastic - it's exactly like that I'm aiming for.

    Cheers for the tip on paint supplies. Will hunt a place out.
     
  4. MattF

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    Cheers. Now I know that's the usual, I'll keep my eye out for one. With never having seen one in the flesh, I wasn't sure if the lack of any branding meant they might be a fairly modern knock-off, but sounds like that's not the case. I can remember seeing one recently which had that slightly L shaped jaw insert and wondering whether to bid on that one or not. Ended up giving that one a miss though.
     
  5. MattF

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    Remember that cameras and decent lighting tend to always make things look slightly better than in reality though. :D Joking aside, I think you'll like the look of straight enamel onto cast. Just make sure you wipe the cast down at least twice with mineral spirits or suchlike before painting. Heating the cast up somewhat helps too. That'll help get any trapped moisture out and also make the enamel flow better if you apply it whilst the cast is still warm. I usually stand mine in front of an electric fan heater for a few minutes, if I want to warm them up.
     
  6. atconut

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    here's a Woden number 1 4" jaws a bit dusty it's been on top of the cupboard for ages 20150227_154811.jpg
     
  7. atconut

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    notice I always put a rubber "O" ring on each end of the handle. I hate the clatter it makes when the bar slides through
     
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  8. atconut

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    Here is a rare one it's a Stanley Jersey number 654 WITH 3" jaws made in USA 20150227_155342.jpg 20150227_155342.jpg 20150227_155311.jpg
     
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  9. atconut

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    I've saved the best one till last. I thought someone may have spotted it in a previous photo.
    come on lads I've shown you mine now show us yours
     
  10. brewdexta

    brewdexta Forum Supporter

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    Here's my bench vice, 4 1/2" jaw Fortis, it came with the house along with the bench

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    Here's one the neighbour gave me, I believe it is tool grinding vice. I had to leave it in a bucket of diesel for a month, it all works now, just needs some TLC.

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  11. atconut

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    That's a Jones Shipman grinding vice not in the best condition but look how much they are on fleebay well worth some TLC
     
  12. Zbro7863

    Zbro7863 It's complicated

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    how do i post a new thread
     
  13. CRB

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    Choose the forum you wish to post your new thread in. Top right just above the blue line, is an orangey button with 'Post New Thread' in it.
     
  14. MattF

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    I like that one. Always been partial to those with the bolt on top section. I finally managed to get hold of a Parkinson like that a year or two ago.

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  15. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    post new thread...go to the chosen section and click on the " post new thread"
    post....just scroll down till you see post reply and go for it :)
     
  16. brewdexta

    brewdexta Forum Supporter

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    Blimey - I didn't know they were going for that much, having said that, asking and getting are two different things :laughing:
     
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  19. MattF

    MattF Member

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    By eck, that's one weird looking vice. :D I find it strangely appealing though. :D
     
  20. CRB

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    It appears that Dawn are the only manufacturers. The capacity is not great, even the largest 6" one, but would be useful in some circumstances, full grip of a long piece standing up, rather than an inch on one end of the jaws.
     
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