My Bench Ressurection #1: Getting Started, Screws are a turnin' in my head!

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Blog entry by kooldecker posted 02-23-2019 12:04 AM 447 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey there!
I decided to take my workbench deal blog and go one step further, even if its just for myself to document my journey, who knows how long it will be (sooner than later i hope lol) or what i will find, but its my first vintage benvh and here goes nothing! To find my initial bench pics they are on the other blog. but il be posting lots as i go , i just didnt want to repost a bunch you guys had already seen so i apologise. its my first blog and i apologise in advance for any discretions i may perpetrate! To start i did a little gawking and cleaning , and decided to start with the vise screws, initially because they came out of the bench easily, and i could handle them, but also because when my buddy and i initially got this this gem, we immediately noticed somthing different.


There appears to be a name stamped into the head of the wooden screw, somthing that either if us have ever seen. now being only 44, just because i havnt seen it dosent mean it dosent exist ! lol. but nonetheless we were knd of obsessed with getting to the bottom of it, and surprisingly out of character, google has NOTHING on it. So initially they were pretty rough looking, looked like alot of shellac or other products. but they were straight as arrows, and id say 99% thread condition. really only a few tiny tiny broken edges, but they run smooth and thats all that matters right?
The name is as follows, and is stamped on BOTH heads of the two vise screws, and so far we have got bubkis, less than bubkis actually. we were initially thinking it might me the guy who owned the bench, but that was before i started to strip the one screw to reveal the stamp on that one too. very excitine stuff here! (yes i am excited by sometimes the dullest of things)

I. ATHERAL (looks to be another I”I” at the end we arent sure)


No other markings other than that, but ive really never seen (or noticed for that matter) markings on too many vises.
So the mystery continues , because like i said google retrieves nothing with that name or anything like it. I will keep digging for sure but any help you guys could give would be greatly appreciated! So initially i sprayed them sown with a little simple green, and that did nothing . so nect i used some 3M safest stripper. applied it, placed it into a plastic bag ( to keep it from drying out) and left it until morning . cme out and hit it with some scotch brite soaked in the stripper and they cleaned up pretty good. actually better than that as far as i am concerned. i was extremely happy with the results. the threads i simply ran them through a brass wire bwheel checked into the old shopsmith, and it darn near polished them they look awsome! if i didnt have a bench for them id use them for decor lol. so here they are cleaned up , and the adventure begins!

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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#1 posted 02-24-2019 05:25 PM

This should be interesting to follow.

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#2 posted 02-26-2019 03:06 PM

I’ve had some luck searching google images for antique tools when other searches didn’t yield anything. You may find an image of an ad in a newspaper for example that may also help you get a timeframe for when it was made or what their real main business was. The problem is you may get a bunch of images of old newspaper pages so you might have to read through each of them to find the ads.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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