Workbench #8: Vise rehab

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Blog entry by yuri posted 07-11-2011 06:53 AM 4058 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It was a while since I posted my progress on a bench. It does not mean that I did nothing, really, and I have something to show, what was accumulated since then.

Having new bench mostly done, my wife made a notice, why do I have rusty thing (front vise) on it? Hmm, good point I thought, huh? Sure, the vise works perfectly, but it could be great if it looks great too. I decided to make it better looking.

Here is what I started with

I stripped old paint and removed the rust

Masked places I did not want to be pained

After red rustoleum

That day I received some horse but leather for my vise

Which is pretty thick

I cut and glued the leather to front board, used knife and luquid hide glue. It went surprisingly smooth and no surprises

Side view, note I put nice (in my opinion) edge on the board.

Front veiw of vise board

Cut holes for vise screw and runners. Now it is ready for installation

That is the place where the vise will be attached.

I aligned front board with the bench and screwed front vise jaw to the board.


Another view

Besides I put leather in my wagon vise too.

Time to make bench dog holes. I fabricated a primitive template

Row of the holes

And made nice bevel

And more holes in wagon vise

Wagon vise in action

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 02:28 PM

Nice rehab.
And nice photo spread, that was fun to watch.

Looks like a great update to the ol’ bench.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 08-06-2016 04:06 AM

Wondering how you stripped it of old paint and rust. Also wondering if you anything to the non painted surfaces to prevent rust.

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#3 posted 08-07-2016 04:09 PM

I used rough, medium and fine wire brushes for striping and cleaning. I did not do any special rust prevention treatment. The can with paint said something about rust prevention formula in it.

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