I have a little vise #5: The big cover up

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 07-04-2015 12:28 PM 2898 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There have been a few days off whilst I’ve been ill with diarrhoea (British spelling). Well the world has stopped falling out of my bottom so some progress has been made.

This is the worst of the last images I left you with. However after a second coat of stripper on the stubborn parts and with some help from a hand wire brush and a wire wheel in my hand drill the results are none too shabby.

Just in case you are wondering I am really not worried about the name plate and that’s why I didn’t remove it.
The whole picture looks like this

I removed the sheared off bolt from the main casting jaw by driving a centre punch into it, slightly off centre. Then chased around it, in an anti-clockwise direction, tapping gently as I went until it had unscrewed sufficiently so that there was enough thread to grasp with pliers, unscrew and remove. No pictures as both my hands were occupied doing the job.After taping off all the surfaces that I didn’t want painting and applying a coat of Hammerite this is the result

Oops I forgot to tape up the moving jaw area

and I left the screw stop out of the picture

The first coat needs 4 hours to dry. After this I duly applied a second coat as some of the edges looked a bit thinly coated. After leaving all night the paint is dry if still a little soft. This is good. I removed the tape and cleaned off the over-paint with a scalpel blade. This is the result.

It all fits together pretty well

but, as I have mentioned, the paint finish is soft at this stage. I’m leaving it for a week, in pieces and in the place it’s going to finally be, to harden off before I start any proper assembly.

So that’s all for now.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 07-04-2015 01:13 PM

That is wonderful! Recycling at its best! I wish more people would take the time to re-vamp things instead of adding to the landfill. Most things were made much better ‘back then’ anyway.

Thanks for taking us along on this journey. :) It looks great!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 01:53 PM

A dang close approximation to the photo of the new piece in your first entry, Martyn! Shows what “elbow grease” can really accomplish! Looks like you now have a nice looking, and working, tool. —However, I’m still trying to get the image of the “world falling out your bottom” out of my mind. ;-)

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 02:20 PM

Way to go Martyn!

A few years ago, someone dropped off a drill press at my house (instead of the dump) and I spent a fantastic afternoon removing grime, rust, old grease, etc….. Luckily, the painted areas were still serviceable so I didn’t have to go to the lengths you are.

It’s still my most favored tool in my shop.

You are going to LOVE this vice when you are finished, my friend!

Cheers, and congrats!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#4 posted 07-04-2015 03:32 PM

Looking good! Glad to hear you are feeling better as well.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 03:45 PM

I feel sorry for anyone who comes into your shop and puts a scratch on it.
It really looks great Martyn.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 07-04-2015 04:06 PM

I’ve kept all the existing scars on it, John, but you’re right if anyone scratches it from now on I won’t be best impressed.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 07-05-2015 12:28 AM

That is going to be a useful shop addition for many years to come …Nice refurbish…!

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#8 posted 07-05-2015 01:37 AM

Thanks for the medical update Martyn I really needed to know that !!
Great result in the preparation work and finishing coats and as Sheila posted good recycling activity.
The Hammerite paint looks likea worthwile product.

I did some checking and its sold in Aust through our Masters stores a Wool;worths/ Lowes associate hardware store.

-- Regards Rob

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