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  • mcmoontertrackworld……. Vices
  • Premier Icon Wally
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    The what?

    Premier Icon fasthaggis
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    A life of vice
    Clean of rust and put oil where rust was 🙂

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    Seems a lot of people don’t like the idea of refurbishing vices, not sure why!

    Or heinously ruin it with a slathering of hammerite like everyone else “refurbing” and make it look nothing like new – look good on the bench though.

    As I pointed out with mine, it was in a shocking state, covered in several layers of different coloured grubby paint, crazed and filthy, and really not a nice thing to look at. Just cleaning up with the whizz-wheel wire brush made a huge difference, giving it a couple of coats of flat blue Hammerite that was a close match to the original made sense.
    The one the poster got as a gift, showed honest wear, with original paint, so in no way did it need stripping and re-painting.
    Two completely different situations. Why spend several hours doing something that isn’t needed?
    On the other hand, spending the time refurbishing something that had just been crudely painted but didn’t show much actual wear through use was well worth it for the end result, where wear of the paint from use will show a proper patina over time.
    I’m a bit obsessive about painting things, I like to do a decent job and I didn’t ‘slather’ the paint on, one careful coat, masking the jaws, let dry for a couple of hours, another coat, checking for any missed bits, let dry, then a final coat. Looks like oven-dried enamel.
    If mine had looked like the freebie one, I’d have been chuffed to bits, squirt of WD40 with a rag, job jobbed, minimal effort.

    Premier Icon joshvegas
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    The what?

    Where metal rubs against metal. So the bit where the handle rubs against the jaw and where the threads are engaged.

    Premier Icon Murray
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    Vice is back together, greased and wiped with an oily rag

    Premier Icon sirromj
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    Finally got the vice my Dad gave me firmly mounted on the workbench, used a pair of M12 130mm bolts! With the vice itself, the 2x18mm MDF top, then 39mm CLS, there’s 100mm of material to get through, but just in case that wasn’t enough to support it (FFS LOL) there’s a 5mm metal footplate as well.

    So far I’ve used it to bend some galv builders band into right-angled brackets with a pin hammer.

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    After cleaning it up I rubbed with some bike grease to keep the rust at bay. How would you finish it?

    Premier Icon welshfarmer
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    Now this is a pretty funky vice being restored. I would love one of these for sure….

    Premier Icon timbog160
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    @sirromj that looks rather smashing. I’d leave it exactly as it is – lovely patina…although the bolts are a bit bright!

    Premier Icon Mowgli
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    I just pulled this old Woden out of the local tip. Unfortunately it’s not in as good condition as it looks – the jaws are wonky, the bolts which hold them have stripped the holes in the casting, and the slide has a crack in it. It does still function for holding things tightly whilst you wallop them, but it’s definitely seen better days.

    More pics

    Not decided what to do with it yet. I have a couple of decent vices already, and not sure it’s worth my time rfixing this one up. If anyone in Sheffield it interested, let me know before I make plans for it!

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    @sirromj – finish it? That’s finished, that is! Clearly well used but looked after, a quick spritz with WD40 every now and again and a wipe over, that’s an heirloom item you’ve got there. Nice. 😎

    Premier Icon dashed
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    Quick query on sizes – found a Record 84 and Record 6 to go an look at. Is bigger really better? General workshop fettling and the 6 is a few quid more but not much. Any reason not to go bigger? I’ve just built a 3m long workbench out of substantial reclaimed timber so I have the space (although slightly worried it’s a bit high to then stick a 6″ vice on top!)

    Premier Icon wzzzz
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    I wanted a quick release vice and this popped up for sale.

    Record 113 – It’s enormous, FAR too big for my use but I couldn’t just leave it there for the price they were asking….

    What to do with it though? I thought outside workbench…. but can I resist a refurb?

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