Show us your bench vice(s)

  1. mpats

    mpats Forum Supporter

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    It's cleaned up really well Vark, some new jaws and it'll be lovely. Incidentally, I saw this the other day and thought of you.

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    I'm only on cup no.3 today, but then I am on a day off so don't need to much motivation!
     
  2. The_Yellow_Ardvark

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    The jaws will be reused, no ££££ in the pot. Just yet.

    Sadly the damaged to the screw holes is terrible. Both holes have bean attacked with a file. The original threads are stripe out. Made worse by some one forcing in M8 C/sunk screws.

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    How ever, heat and bend over and round some 5mm steel bar. Forge it when it is hot and it shrinks and clamps it self on,
    Drill and tap it, the jaw will bolt onto that. The Holes in the body, using a burr clean up.
    That will allow the longer bolts to pass through and stop any. Not that there is, up ward movement.
    After painting I will plug the holes with JB weld or chemical metal to hold more.

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    The screws were a tiny bit proud and a quick dress back and we are good.

    Now To sort out the quick release.
     
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  3. The_Yellow_Ardvark

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    I am Sir Vark Of Smugness.

    Thee Vice is done, all bit the finish, do I:

    Paint.

    Wax.

    Oil.

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    Tough choices, one to be made after some home brew IPA


    The quick release bar was missing when I found the vice, plus the stop. So after making a new bar, well 2.

    I messed the first one up by trying to polish a Richard the 3rd. I used some old flat bard, dressed to fit. That’s when I found out 2 important things.

    End stops are important.

    So are steel toe caps.

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    But for a few quid my Local Men In Sheds have a working vice.

    I know in a perfect world I would of filled in the damaged threads and cut new, got new jaws and quick release. But there is little funds in the pot.

    If we get some I am sure we will repair it or upgrade. Until then we are happy with what we got.
     
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  4. 123hotchef Member

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    i like them waxed or oiled rather than painted but mine are multi coloured i use them to test the guns on!
     
  5. Dieselkid 63

    Dieselkid 63 Banned from forklifts

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    Personally I like them painted as they were factory finished, but for such a pirate of a vice I think covering the patina and injuries would be unjust. Oil it!
     
  6. Screwdriver

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    Just nabbed this off eBay.

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    Needs replacement jaws. I guess I could fit soft jaws but where would I find hardened replacements?

    Hardenable stock would do I guess. No rush, the Bridegport is still in bits, meantime, I reckon one of these universal vices would make a pretty decent bench vice.
     
  7. CwazyWabbit Member

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    Screwdriver, my thoughts would be a phone call to www.jonesshipman.com they still appear to make that vice so it may be possible to get jaws ...... I bet they aren't cheap though as the vice is over £700 new.
     
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  8. arther dailey

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    very useable as I vice on a bench:thumbup:
     
  9. pondy

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    just finished this 4" swindens DSC_0227.JPG
     
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  10. Very nice :thumbup:
     
  11. Screwdriver

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    Not sure if this is strictly on topic but I restored an old trimmer a while back and finished the interesting castings with BLO.

    Before:

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    After:

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    Bit surprised I didn't post the restoration thread here but it's done and sold...

    S.
     
  12. Dieselkid 63

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    That's a really nice job mate. It's heartbreaking when you see some of these 'restorations' on ebay, but that looks fantastic.
     
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  13. The_Yellow_Ardvark

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    Now The record 23 is in it's new home.

    Fully working and bolted to it's new bench.

    The keen eyed spotters will note the missing nut and bolt. But it is there now.
     
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  14. Dieselkid 63

    Dieselkid 63 Banned from forklifts

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  15. arther dailey

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  16. Hazarding a guess; Boiled Linseed Oil ?
     
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  17. Scruffywelder

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    Nice one, thanks :thumbup:

    That's almost identical in construction to mine but slightly smaller.

    I saw the Graces Guide thing the other day after shifting a couple of old iron bedsteads for my parents and noticing that they were also made by Vono. No mention of any tool manufacture though.

    Funnily enough there's another one on the Aussie Gumtree site at the moment:

    http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/cremorne-point/tool-storage-benches/workbench-and-vice/1133894588
     
  18. Dieselkid 63

    Dieselkid 63 Banned from forklifts

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    When comes the point where you confess an addiction to vices? I've just won an auction for a 1950s era 7" Record 52 - no RD number, but still the old style handle, my favourite version of the face design. The plan is to make a workbench incorporating the big 10.5" 53A on the side and the 52 on the end. Sure I could have used the 7" Woden but that wouldn't have matched and if a job's worth doing it's worth doing right imo. The Woden is up for sale to recoup some of the cost for the newbie - at least I'm not a hoarder!
     
  19. dobbslc

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    My name is dobbslc.
    I am a viceoholic.
    I had 4 last night.
    Then I had to give one back to a friend after I'd had it for 15 years on loan until he got a garage.
    Another I've just sold to a forum member.
    I still have a Record No23 and a small swivel vice made in the USSR.
    They said I'd feel better after confession but I don't! :confused:
     
  20. The_Yellow_Ardvark

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    @Dieselkid 63


    You are a liberator of unloved vices and other stuff.
     
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