I have a little vise #6: Los Endos

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 07-11-2015 12:37 PM 3017 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it’s been a week and the paint, as they say where I come from, is well ‘ard. Hard enough to complete the job. First thing is that whilst the sliding carriage will fit into the main casting the jaws won’t fully close up

Traced this problem to burrs on the sliding carriage, both sides, here shown cleaned up (with a file)

It now slides all the way home

Next to install the threaded end stop

Whilst the thread for the stop, in the base of the casting, was OK it felt a little soft when screwing the bolt in tight so I took a look at the underside

I reckon there’s enough thread there for a backing nut

and this shouldn’t foul the bench as there’s room underneath because of the rotating sub base

Next lightly grease up the thread

and wind it in. Now the jaws need installing. I have some 25 mm M6 bolts, a little long so screw them in and pull the jaws to the head of the bolts. This shows how much to remove from each bolt, 9 mm from the rear ones and 15 mm from the front.

With this done I securely fixed the jaws in front

and rear

I lined up the vise on its sub base to get the maximum accessibility from the vise

and for the anvil at the rear

Mounting holes drilled

and vise bolted down

well that’s pretty much it, apart from a view of the bench/cupboard with vise installed

and that really is all.

Be seeing you

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

8 comments so far

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 07-11-2015 01:16 PM

Very cool rebuild! I love seeing stuff like this. You gave that vice an entire new life. Thanks for sharing it with us! :)


-- 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 07-11-2015 01:47 PM

Nice work! It looks as good as new (or better). Thanks for the details and photos.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 07-11-2015 05:06 PM

Martyn, you are now the Master ‘Fixer-Upper’! Thanks for sharing and taking us through the process. A lot of helpful and useful hints.
Cheerio, Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#4 posted 07-11-2015 05:10 PM

Good end to a well explained project. Don’t forget the “Do Not Scratch” sign. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 07-11-2015 05:17 PM

The vice squad would be proud Martyn. Great restoration work. I have a similar vise and it is very handy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-11-2015 05:57 PM

Those jaws are pretty well shot. Can you find a replacement? You have too many washers holding the threaded end stop to the main casting. Too many washers means not enough thread engagement which could fail in the future. Other than that, nice job.
P.S. I would feel better if the bench top were a bit less flimsy. There is a lot of weight resting on what appears to be very light support structure.

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#7 posted 07-11-2015 06:41 PM

WoW!! Looks like new!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 04:01 PM

Thank you all for taking the time to stop by and comment.

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

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