Unknown leg vise

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Forum topic by Matthew posted 09-24-2018 03:37 PM 579 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2018 03:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: leg vise vise workbench

Hi everyone. I recently learned my father had a leg vise and he offered it to me. Went over this week and picked it up. I’m interested in learning more about it but I can’t really find any name on it. I was wondering if anyone here may have some information on it. The back part that the screw goes in to is huge compared to the more modern ones. The screw handle has a 63 on it. The back piece has some scroll work on one side and a 85 on the other.

Obviously I don’t need this information to install it and make it work, just interested in it.


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#1 posted 09-24-2018 07:15 PM


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#2 posted 09-24-2018 07:21 PM

Love it. Don’t know anything about it, but love it.

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 07:44 PM

I’d bet that vise was once part of a book press.

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 11:50 PM

very nice

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#5 posted 09-28-2018 12:55 PM

I’ll second the book press notion. It sure looks like the top portion of one. Ya gotta love the wheel with four handles. It’ll make you wonder if you’re adjusting your vise or sealing off the Titanic’s Boiler Room…. LOL. GREAT VISE, and you can be sure all the visitors to your shop are gonna be jealous ! Not everyone has such a purdy vise.

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#6 posted 10-02-2018 09:04 PM

I d bet that vise was once part of a book press.

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I was in Boston a couple weeks ago and visited some museum and that does remind me of some printing press stuff I saw there!

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