RAE wood vise restoration attempt

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Forum topic by Eeffoc posted 10-31-2015 03:30 PM 1742 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2015 03:30 PM

I found an old wood vise in my shed that was left from the previous owner and I thought I could put it to good use but I soon found out why it was left behind. The screw turns and moved in and out but the jaws don’t go with it, whatever held the screw to the the jaw has either broken off or wore out.

I have managed to take the vise apart and would like to restore it but I’m not sure how to fix the screw mechanism and was hoping that someone may provide some insight

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#1 posted 10-31-2015 05:57 PM

I know with Record vises, the Acme screw needs to go through a plate like the picture below, with your vise I would imagine it would or should work the same which means the screw needs to be attached to the back jaw.
See if the pictures( copied from a SMC ) make it clear:

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 11-01-2015 03:28 PM

I can’t tell from your photo of the shaft, but if the head was to follow the screw the shaft should have a thin groove about where the arrow points in my edited version of your photo. This groove would have held some kind of split washer or snap ring to keep the head on the un-threaded portion of the shaft. This groove might be full of packed in grease and dirt and presently invisible, so clean the shaft thoroughly to see if you can find it. Once found, you can measure it’s size and purchase a snap ring for it. If there is no groove, then maybe there was a collar with a set screw mounted in that approximate position at one time.

These are my best suggestions. I hope you find the needed clue.


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#3 posted 11-01-2015 04:06 PM

Look at Sneelock’s video about repairing a vise. Its in the vid section.
His had a collar nut that had to be removed. You’ll see it.

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 04:47 PM

Thanks everyone for your help/replies I think I have managed to figure this out, there is no plate that attaches to the screw and guide rods, the screw threads into the back jaw and and sort of spins in the front jaw.

When I disassembled the vise there was a spring and washer that were on the screw, I’ve determined that the spring goes over the screw and sites in a recess in the from jaw and the washer was tack welded to the screw holding the spring in thus allowing the front jaw to move with the screw.

I just need to get the parts cleaned up (rust removal) find a new washer and try to find someone that has a welder…

Thanks again for all your suggestions and help


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