I have a couple vices.

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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 09-04-2013 06:15 PM 1711 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And both are Wilton vises.

A couple years ago, I received a vise from my wife’s grandfather. They moved out of their house and he said I could take whatever tools I wanted. Unfortunately, there was not much, but I did take his old Wilton Shop King vse. This vise dates to the mid 50’s, and I believe that he purchased it new. I did some research and came across Junkyard Tools that has a good write up about Wilton’s history and this vise. It appears that my 41/2” Craftsman was made by Wilton also, that was a surprise.

To get started on the restoration, I completely disassembled the vise.

I found that one of the jaw inserts had a sheared off screw, so that was next.

Now that the broken bolt has been removed, time to clean off the years of grease, oil and paint that has accumulated on this vise. I used Super Clean with a wire brush, putty knife and rinsed with a lot of water. After it dried in the sun for a while, I masked off all the areas that should remain paint-free. I just used some blue painter’s tape. I then applied a few coats of a white primer. I probably should have used a darker color primer, but this is what I had on hand.

After that dried, I sprayed one (of several) coats of a fire engine read paint.

The pictures above were taken after a single coat, and at that point it looked almost pink, with some white showing through. I laid down three coats total. After it cures all week, I will assemble it and complete the project.

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 06:20 PM

Looking good! Nice project. I have my father’s vise that I’m guessing came from the 30s—it’s so old that it had never been painted, and I don’t know the make.

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 06:41 PM

Thanks! My dad has an old one, it was probably a yard sale find back in the 70’s. I should nab that one too. This Shop King will probably not be used by me, but will go to one of my boys when they move out.

Now if only I spelled “vise” correctly! Luckily I was able to edit the mistakes out.

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 09:33 PM

For what they’re charging for vises nowadays, I keep my eye out for reasonably priced units on CL, etc.
Looks like you have a good quality unit there that is worth salvaging, Nice job so far : )

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 12:06 AM

great rehab and congrats

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 02:46 PM

One could say your wifes grandfather gave you free ad- VICE !
Seriously….those old ones were better quality than some new CAST ones ,

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 03:55 PM

@canadianchips: if you look at the jaws on this one, it was cast as well. And not a very good casting either. Probably why they quit making this model after a couple years!


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#7 posted 09-05-2013 07:05 PM

COOL vice(s)...

Nice job in Finishing / Painting them…


For a second there… I thought you were going to tell of the vices you had… you know, like smoking too much, etc. LOL

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