Vise Restoration





Introduction: Vise Restoration

Vise vs Vice

Step 1: Find a Bargain Vise

Step 2: Disassemble

Step 3: Remove Pin

Step 4: Accounting

Step 5: Remove Paint and Rust With Angle Grinder

Step 6: File Out Imperfections on the Body

Step 7: File and Polish Jaws

Step 8: Tape

Step 9: Prime

Step 10: Paint

Step 11: Polish Handle

Step 12: Tap and Bolt

Step 13: Vice=Sin



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    10 Discussions

    cool...looks good in purple ;)

    Was expecting nut&thread repair, saw a facelift&makeup :)


    2 years ago

    Nice work !

    oh sure, now you've inspired me to refurbish my rusty old bench vice, good job!

    Nice! How did you polish the jaws so well? I can even see the reflection of your face in them!

    I don't think jaws like that would survive in my workshop for very long... ;)

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    I used a 220 grit polishing wheel on an angle grinder. Then I buffed with compound. I don't expect the mirror finish to last, but I always have the picture.


    2 years ago

    Nice refurbishing job. I like how you polished the vice jaws. However, If you use your vice like I use mine, those polished jaws wouldn't stay that way very long. I also like that you used a primer before painting. I see a lot of others skip the primer stage. But the primer will help it look good for a longer time by keeping the paint on. I refurbished my vice and used a hammer stone finished to make it look more rugged. But it still gets knocked around and worked over pretty well anyways. Good project though.

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    lol... I must say, that is one of the best replies I've ever received :D

    Your vice does look good, though. I really like the purple color!

    I know a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes words say more than a photo alone ever could... I'm just sayin' is all :)

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    The mind, in short, works on the data it receives very much as a sculptor works on his block of stone. In a sense the statue stood there from eternity. But there were a thousand different ones beside it, and the sculptor alone is to thank for having extricated this one from the rest. Just so the world of each of us, howsoever different our several views of it may be, all lay embedded in the primordial chaos of sensations, which gave the mere matter to the thought of all of us indifferently. We may, if we like, by our reasonings unwind things back to that black and jointless continuity of space and moving clouds of swarming atoms which science calls the only real world. But all the while the world we feel and live in will be that which our ancestors and we, by slowly cumulative strokes of choice, have extricated out of this, like sculptors, by simply rejecting certain portions of the given stuff. Other sculptors, other statues from the same stone! Other minds, other worlds from the same monotonous and inexpressive chaos! My world is but one in a million alike embedded, alike real to those who may abstract them. How different must be the worlds in the consciousness of ant, cuttle-fish, or crab! -William James