Bench Vice Refurb'.





Introduction: Bench Vice Refurb'.

This is my first Instructable, so please bear with me !

Step 1: Intitial Assessment

Saw this vice in the back workshop at my place of work. It was looking sorry for itself, just sitting there quietly rusting away!. I thought I would take it home and give it a new lease of life, seemed a shame to bin it.

Step 2: Dismantle & Clean.

Next was to dismantle it and inspect for any cracks, damage etc. There didn't appear to be any damage, everything worked. The only thing missing was the jaws. a thorough clean in hot soapy water followed by a scrub down with brake cleaner to get rid of the grease and dirt.

Step 3: Remove Old Paint.

I tried to remove the old paint with Nitromors, but to no avail. So, I decided to set about it with a selection of wire brushes. These got the old paint off in no time and I was pleasantly surprised with the result. Another clean off with brake cleaner in preparation for a fresh coat of paint.

Step 4: Masking Up

Time to mask off wherever you DON'T want the paint to go. I used some Frog tape I had left over from some previous decorating. Take your time at this stage, because the more care you take now saves a load of time trying to get paint off from where you don't want it to be.

Step 5: Primer

I had intended to paint straight onto the bare metal with some Hammerite but decided to prime it with a good quality primer. Belt and braces approach ! Leave this for a couple of days to dry and harden.

Step 6: First Coat of Paint

Hammerite paint was first choice at this point, it's worth paying a little extra for this. The hardest thing was deciding on a colour......went for dark green in the end. I didn't want black or the usual red. Wait a few days between coats, again so it can dry and more importantly harden. Used 3 coats in total.

Step 7: Almost There

Looking good so far. Ready for re-assembly. A little multi purpose grease on the moving parts before it's put back together should keep things moving.

Step 8: Metal Polish

A little Autosol polish on the shiny bits and it looks like new.

Step 9: The Reveal !

Very pleased with the end result. Just waiting for some new magnetic soft jaws I ordered from eBay. The vice now has it's new home on my bench I made from old pallets last year.



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    Good job! I've got one waiting to be done. Guess I need to get busy. Re-use, recycle, use up, wear out.

    Well said Don !

    How can anyone not like a refurbished item. It looks great. Seems you are lacking the jaw plates though. So maybe that is going to be your next instructable project. I refurbished an old Craftsman vice pretty much the same way. Of course it looks well used now from....well...using it again. Nice project!

    Hi gm280, thanks for the comments. You're quite correct about the jaws, that's the next little project in the pipeline. I have now received the magnetic rubber jaws I ordered a few days ago, but I would like to make some wooden ones as most of the items that will be held by the vice are going to be brass or copper. I need something reasonably soft such as pine.

    Beautiful job, looks pristine now. i saw a video where this Russian fellow used the flats from an old brake rotor to fabricate new jaw inserts for his vice restoration, very clever use of scrap I thought. ☺