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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    Decided on the paint color


    Vise paint by Jon Kensy, on Flickr


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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    Swing and a hit fellas!!!!!!

    I went out to get a bite to eat with the wifey and kid and on the back way home I saw a guy loading a Matco toolbox from a house having a yardsale. I gave my wife the look and she said "go ahead, turn around if you want." I did a quick Ubolt and scored a 16 1/2" Wilton Bullet (prod. 8-53) and a 3/8 MAC ratchet for $20. The yardsale gods answered my prayers.

    The vise is in good useable shape, but it looks like someone welded different soft jaws (from what I don't know) on it. One of the ears on the swivel base are also broke, but oh well. A Wilton bullet for less than $20 usually comes in pieces that don't go back together. I'm going to mount it to the table it's on in the first set of pics.

    Look at the difference in size the Charles Parker #975 is compared to the Wilton. The small Dunlap was added in the pic for pure humor.
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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon K View Post
    Decided on the paint color
    Looks awesome!! I'm a blue fan myself. Grabber Blue to boot.
    Gonna do any accent color for the lettering???

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    Quote Originally Posted by toomanytoyzz View Post
    Looks awesome!! I'm a blue fan myself. Grabber Blue to boot.
    Gonna do any accent color for the lettering???
    Nice! Hm accent paint - that could work. I'd have to brush it on. Eek! White could work. Or a darker blue.

    I recently ordered a new welding table that is blue, so this should work out quite well
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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    And now, in this corner, the bruiser, DI-rect from Oswego New York, USA :

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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    Mod,
    Please remove this duplicate post

    Thanks

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    I'm not sure if my vise could be called a bench vise or even if my bench could be called a bench but I use it all the time and enjoy it every time it clamps down.

    $60 on Kijiji got me this old vise. I went big because I've broken at least 5 little vises so far.

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    14" jaws
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    Hex hole - I'm sure it has a name I just don't know it. Note the arm repair done by someone else.
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    Ah here's the kicker:
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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    Nice!


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    Ah so sorry, and pleased to not be upset but GIFU Japan.

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    BHere,
    That looks like a large drill press vise to me. I wish I had pics of one that I built. It could hold a 16"x16" piece with 2" high jaws and 1.5" high rails underneath for drill through clearance. We put it on a big radial arm drill press.
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    That is a shaper vise I believe. Very nice!

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    Old athol I've had for years, 5 1/2" jaws. Handle pushes in to engage, out to swivel freely instead of the normal slide handle.

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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    Wow, what an Athol.

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    I was at the market this morning where I spotted this Rock Island 98.
    That musta' been what was after the wreck of ol' 97.
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    I had no intention of buying, but when the vendor caught me taking the picture he put the hard sell on, and now I own it.

    I forgot to scale the picture with a dime. It's not huge, maybe 5" wide jaws and 8" opening?.

    Edit - Looking back, there's another Rock Island 98 at reply #61
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    i see lots of vises simply mounted to the corner of work benches. by doing that much access to the work piece is lost. i weld a pre-drilled plate to the corner of the bench and a pipe leg from that plate to the floor and anchor it. this way you're not leaning over the bench. i'll try and post a pic.
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    I got this gem from my mother in law. I found it in the garage while looking for tools to fix her poorly maintained house. It's an Athol 324 4" jaws and opens 5 1/2"-6". The swivel base was/is cracked, someone decided to fill it with brass/bronze by brazing. The pipe jaws are missing but everything else seems to be in working order. I didn't pay for it but I sure did work my azz off, not too bad for a vise, 3x21 belt sander and an old craftsman 6" bench grinder.
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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon K View Post
    Nice! Hm accent paint - that could work. I'd have to brush it on. Eek! White could work. Or a darker blue.

    I recently ordered a new welding table that is blue, so this should work out quite well
    If you don't like the idea of brushing the lettering, it is raised. You could apply a contrasting color with a little 2 inch roller and a couple coats of thick paint. You can pick them up dirt cheap in a dollar store for trimming household painting.
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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    I think work holding is the most pivotal point in the shop.

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    My Dad brought home this Parko #5 in the late 60's. He was running the stamping plant for Massey-Ferguson at the time. Apparently they were replacing a few and let him divert this one from the scrap heap...perfect shape. Swivel base, 6" wide jaws open to 9" and weighs almost as much as I do(!). ALso two other vises, the red one was my Dad's vise when he was a mechanic, his first job in Canada, parents arrived in '57 via Hungarian revolution; no name 3" wide jaws. It has an interesting base, big screw in the center with a pull pin to allow for swivel, drill a few holes in the bench for different positioning, stick the pin in to prevent movement. Last one is a clamp-on vise that I found in the house when we moved in,

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    6" total length getting eaten by the jaws of Parko.
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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    Quote Originally Posted by Stroked550 View Post
    Old athol I've had for years, 5 1/2" jaws. Handle pushes in to engage, out to swivel freely instead of the normal slide handle.

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    That's a pretty special Athol Machine vise you have, take good care of it!

    The push-pull clutch handle was patented in 1911 by L.S. Starrett himself (Athol Machine was part-owned by Starrett at the time).

    I was thinking about it recently, there's a new Wilton receiver-mount vise which advertises the same feature (so the bar doesn't rattle on the road). The brochure makes a point to mention the feature is "patented". Yes indeed, 103 years ago; US patent # 1,012,226.

    Here's a little jeweler's-bench (2.5" jaw) version of your vise I found at a flea market:

    EDIT: Just noticed this is a wicked old thread. Oh well, new to me anyway.
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    Re: A Bench Vise Thread...

    WTH, thread's woken up and I dig quality vises. Here are 3 more.

    4" Reed 104R that I "liberated" from a rotted bench set out for disposal (those are Wilton magnetized aluminum jaw caps, nice but $$):

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    Wilton 350S that came randomly attached to a 9-drawer Lista box I got off Craigslist (don't ask how much; you will cry):

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    FPU 4" dovetail-slide vise, made in Poland, cold-war era. Also salvaged from a decommissioned (submerged!) workbench:

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    The FPU is patterned after a German "Boley" I think, precise and also super rigid for its size. Jaw faces track absolutely parallel, no matter where work is clamped or how tight. The slide has an adjustable gib, like a lathe or milling machine. Even the swivel base is designed like a rotary machine table; bearing is an inverted cone, clamped radially and down by a wedged cam. I made the copper jaws, originals were hardened steel with wicked sharp diamond knurl.

    One small disadvantage is that, since the front jaw is stationary, vertical work beyond a certain thickness can't extend below the tabletop. That aside, if you ever see one of these, grab it.

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    This is my Wilton machinist vice 6inch, weighs 150 pounds!
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    Fun Fact: I used to live about 5 minutes away from Starretts, Athol MA, in the little town of Royalston MA and I have had a million and one of my friends work there at one time or another
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    Does anyone remember who built their own offset vise? I have searched for that thread but can't find it or remember who posted it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docwelder View Post
    i see lots of vises simply mounted to the corner of work benches. by doing that much access to the work piece is lost. i weld a pre-drilled plate to the corner of the bench and a pipe leg from that plate to the floor and anchor it. this way you're not leaning over the bench. i'll try and post a pic.
    At times it is just a convenient way. The thing I don't get is how people using something mounted that way (or even worse parked up against a wall) all the time and don't have a light bulb come on at some point.

    I did not realize it but among other stuff I have a vise fettish. I don't think my memory card is big enough to take pictures of them all.

    I don't like to paint and I don't like seeing a vise that needs painted. I just repaired one that I heated in a fire pit. I rather like the raw look of it. I think I may just oil it and call it done.

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    I can't figure out how people treat their vises like sheet. I tend to treat mine like micrometers.

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