Antique wooden vise rehab

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Project by fumehappy posted 09-14-2015 09:12 PM 1537 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A month or so ago I was coerced into going with the family on a yard sale adventure. (read that as the ‘uninteresting’ ones).

We stopped at a mcmansion in a new development and to my surprise against the fence sat two wooden screw vises. I picked the first one up, and it was full of bug holes, and looks like it had decorated the exterior of a building for a number of decades. Possibly fixable, but I didn’t feel like treating it for bug infestation. Next to it was this guy. He looks like he was left outside or on a garage floor for a mere decade. I examined the screws to make sure they looked straight. It was damp and they didn’t move much, so I got it for a fiver. I let it sit for several weeks in the shop to dry out, and finally coerced the screws out.

I hit them lightly with a fine wire brush to burnish and clean the threads(not recommended if you’re working on a relic of historical importance). To clean out the threading on the inside of the jaws, I got out the dremel with a small wire wheel and fed it through on it’s lowest setting.
Oiled and waxed the jaws, waxed the threads. To my happy surprise I got no binding and full travel on both screws!

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#1 posted 09-15-2015 01:41 AM

Nice work always fun to bring something back to life and usable again.

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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 09-15-2015 12:30 PM

Things like this just want to go home with you. It’s like meeting the grandfather woodworker you may never have had, but he left you this wonderful tool.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 09-17-2015 02:32 PM

Awesome, you didn’t say how much you payed.. :)

It seems to be 1’’ dowel, I got the beal threader, could you share the dimmensions (Dowel lenght and jaws Width, height and length)?

Thanks in advance,


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#4 posted 09-20-2015 03:54 AM

I will get measurements for you next time I’m at the shop, probably thursday.

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