Installing a garter on an antique leg vise

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Forum topic by cmacnaughton posted 07-11-2020 01:19 AM 397 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2020 01:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: leg vise workbench

I have an antique leg vise installed on my bench. I love it, but wish it had a garter so I didn’t have to manually slide the chop when I open the vise. My dilemma is I don’t have a lathe to cut the groove for a garter. Anyone have any ideas on how I could accomplish this without a lathe? I thought I might be able to try to saw to a consistent depth around the circumference of the screw and then chisel out the waste. Does anyone have a smarter solution?

This is the vise installed:

This is the screw itself before and after I made repairs:

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#1 posted 07-11-2020 04:31 AM

Hmm, i’d pr Contact Lake Erie and see if one of theirs might fit. Helpful company

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#2 posted 07-12-2020 02:50 PM

Nice repair!

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#3 posted 07-12-2020 04:05 PM

Check out this video for garter

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#4 posted 07-12-2020 05:56 PM

A washer and a cotter pin. Recess it into the vise.

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#5 posted 07-13-2020 02:09 PM

A washer and a cotter pin. Recess it into the vise.

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