Hand vise (restored) Merci Napoleon!

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Hand vise (restored)
Merci Napoleon!

I have been tired of sanding the skin of my fingers while using my discsander, and to hear my daughter say: ‘you are bleeding again dad’...

So when we had the LJ Copenhagen meeting, and I found a old hand vice, I fell for it right away.
But the one ‘wing’ had fallen of the wing nut, so I had some doubts if I should buy it, until our friend Napoleon sad ‘no problem, I’ll fix it for you’.
And so he did, not even fix it, he also gave it some patine so it looked as it was always so.

After I gave it a extra washer from a Euro coin as usual, and a leather piece attached to a string for soft grips, since it often delicate things I have to bring so close to the action.

On the last photos you can see it in action, sanding a part for a knife project.

Hope it can inspire, or save some fingers from bleeding.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 03:37 AM

hey Mads thats a cool wice , great work with the wingnut Thomas :-)
alot better than the welding pliers I have used

take care

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 03:45 AM

Sweet. I use a Vise Grip. But yours is a lot cooler.
It must be fun drilling out money. I gotta try that.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 03:47 AM

Very cool, and awesome that your using older tools, i really like that, if i see one i’m definally grabbing that up. Thanks for sharing

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 03:56 AM

My dad had one like that but since he passed on when I was 14 I have no idea who has it or what happened to it. Cool seeing one again! Thanks for posting it and bringing back memories of my dad!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 04:14 AM

Mads, Awesome find. I will keep an eye out for something like that as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 11-07-2010 04:21 AM

Nice, glad you can now keep from bleeding on the sandpaper. :)
And for once I don’t have a question for you. The question is for Napoleon … how’d you manufacture patina?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 11-07-2010 06:00 AM

Nice tool restoration Mafe. If I had found it at a sale I would have passed it by due to not knowing its purpose. Good eye!

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#8 posted 11-07-2010 08:04 AM

I like that thing, it makes a lot of sence, wonder why they don’t make them like that anymore.

Thanks Napoleon for helping Mads keep the skin on his fingers.

Be good, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#9 posted 11-07-2010 10:34 AM

whats up with all these euro coin washers?
i would guess to use a Japanese coin since it already has a hole in it.

-- Ben L

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#10 posted 11-07-2010 12:00 PM

Ben, yes – I’m really stupid! I should travel a tour to Japan to get some coins for washers… I would love that.
PaBull, yes it’s not even possible to find something like this.
Bob, acually the use are also to ‘vice’ small things, and then you hold the little vice in the big one.
Swirt, auuuch thank you.
Chris, I’m sure they are arround.
Erwin, happy to have brought this thought.
Woodsman, yes it will be wonderful with your vintage tools.
Steve, I made a post on a quick and dirty vice for drilling holes in round objects.
Dennis, yes thats a wonderful tool.
I have used it several times allready, also when polishing small objects.
Best thoughts to all,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 11-07-2010 12:02 PM

Guess what..
Lee Valley and Busy Bee machine tools both sell a version..BUT ! the old stuff’s still nicer, especialy with the friends making it a working piece !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#12 posted 11-07-2010 08:13 PM

Sometimes the old tools are the best!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#13 posted 11-07-2010 10:50 PM

Mafe. i have 3 sizes off these vices all picked up in second hand stores over the years,and they are part of my daily shop use on small items for sanding and grinding and like you said I have not lost a lot of skin using them

-- Johan, South Africa,

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#14 posted 11-08-2010 03:25 AM

Mads, with all those coins you are using, you are going to go broke. Maybe all of the LJ’s should send you some coins from their respective countries so you can start to add an even more international flare to your tool collection. I know all about sanding your fingers. That hurts. I’ve used all sorts of things to try and get a grip on small items. Sometimes it works – sometimes not. I’ll have to keep my eye out for one of these little vises. I have seen them at flea markets, but never really saw a use for one till now. Thanks for the post.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#15 posted 11-08-2010 01:47 PM

Doc, I laugh big time, I’m broke by now, so it cant go all wrong!
Yes or I might build a coin tool…
Johan, a fellow user wonderful!
DEZ, yep.
Glen, yes nothing like a old beautiful tool back to work again.
But really it is a wonderful tool, so use it, onstead of your finger skin.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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