“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
Illustration for article titled Vise Restoration

I rescued this vise from my late father’s shop in 2003, but it has been in storage since then waiting for me to have a shop with a place for it. I’ve been doing a lot of work to setup my garage since I’m stuck at home like everyone else, but when I tried to use it, it was rusted badly enough to barely function. A restoration was in order.

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It is almost like sitting for 15+ years on basement and garage floors is bad for a vise...
It is almost like sitting for 15+ years on basement and garage floors is bad for a vise...
Once I managed to get the bottom bolt off, there was little question why it wouldn’t rotate without some hammer persuasion.
Once I managed to get the bottom bolt off, there was little question why it wouldn’t rotate without some hammer persuasion.
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Vise underside after some attention with a wire cup attachment.
Vise underside after some attention with a wire cup attachment.
The screw for the front plate was bent. The only thing I had in that size was a bolt, and I wasn’t going out to a hardware store during quarantine for one screw. Time to get creative.
The screw for the front plate was bent. The only thing I had in that size was a bolt, and I wasn’t going out to a hardware store during quarantine for one screw. Time to get creative.
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And a bolt becomes a screw. Also you can see where I took a chunk out of my knuckle with the table saw last week.
And a bolt becomes a screw. Also you can see where I took a chunk out of my knuckle with the table saw last week.
A coat of self-etching primer
A coat of self-etching primer
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And a coat of dark green paint.
And a coat of dark green paint.
The wedge on the left spreads the two half-circles to act like brake shoes and keep the vise from rotating. Had to carefully grease the top and bottom but keep it off the sides. All the other sliding/contact surfaces got a coat of grease as well.
The wedge on the left spreads the two half-circles to act like brake shoes and keep the vise from rotating. Had to carefully grease the top and bottom but keep it off the sides. All the other sliding/contact surfaces got a coat of grease as well.
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Done and detailed, I will either touch up the bare section of handle or strip the handle back, depending on how it wears/slides when in use.
Done and detailed, I will either touch up the bare section of handle or strip the handle back, depending on how it wears/slides when in use.
The paint didn’t cure quite right at the temperature plummeted as I was painting so it was below it’s suggested cure time. But it looks good enough for a working vise.
The paint didn’t cure quite right at the temperature plummeted as I was painting so it was below it’s suggested cure time. But it looks good enough for a working vise.
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I’m really happy with how it turned out for about 5 hours work. It is now almost a showpiece, and I get to have a bit of my dad with me in my shop.

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