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    Vise rehab?

    While waiting on a can of varnish and some brushes to arrive.....
    Back story on the vise..
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    This $10 "gem" came home from Tractor Fest 2015....cleaned it up...and added it to the end of my bench..
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    Covered the one jaw..
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    And a jaw to the moving part...even added a thicker jaw, with dog holes..
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    Well...over the years of steady, hard use....
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    Seen better days. Plan is to replace all the lumber on this end....( next time through Menards, I will pick a few 2 x 8s from the cut-off bin)
    Need to remove the vise..and all the junky wood..
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    Will try to remove the two 3" screws on each end, and start with new...LAGGED into place. Then add a second layer...with a recess for the fixed jaw to nestle into.....moving jaw will also get a new "face"
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    And, add the new dogholes. Might be a decent weekend project?

    Stay tuned

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    Steven,

    Your vise looks like one that belonged to my Dad, a Craftsman 391.5191 7" vise. It is now setting on my tool cabinet waiting to be installed at some point in the future, and is in excellent shape.

    Reading your posts and looking at the photos, it looks like the vise can do a lot, in spite of some reviews that describe it as a "light duty" vise. By the way you bought it right, on the auction site the median sold price (with shipping) is between $65 and $70.

    I intend to use Dads vise as a face vise on my first bench. That first bench will not be as heavy duty as your bench, but will use up lumber that I already have, and will eventually be used for an assembly table, and for easy transport for routine carpentry work. I will not use the bench for heavy mortise chopping, or any heavy duty work. For most carpentry work I have done, such a bench should be more than adequate. I think that the vise looks like it will do well for that type of work. Until I build a heavier duty bench, likely a Moravian bench, that first bench will be my main and only bench

    My question is, what do you think of the plan to use Dads old Craftsman as a face vise on a transportable carpentry type bench/assembly table, based on your experience? Think it should be fine?

    Also, please post a few photos as you rebuild the end of the bench, and your vise, I am thinking that will help me when I get ready to mount Dad's old bench on my first bench.

    Thanks and regards,

    Stew
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    Sellers has a blog about adding a face vise to his benches...

    Haven't the room for a face vise...I do have a leg vise, though..

    Will update this as things go along....

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    Still waiting on some lumber....MAY go with hardwood...may not..

    May have to wait until after a Coffee Table Project gets built....Grandson says he would like one for his house...

    Will need a supply of lag screws and washers...both from the sides, and into the legs...Moving jaw may be a tad thinner?

    Stay tuned..

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    Stephen, given the wear you have inflicted in just 3 years I would say hardwood is a must!
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    Well..Road Trip today.....along with 12bf of 1 x 6 Ash....there is also a 2 x 4 x 8' of Ash, most will go towards the Coffee Table Project...and quite a bit of the 2 x 4 will be used to rehab the vise...
    Total price for the lumber today......$10....

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    lumber supply.jpgside view.jpg
    Might even find a bit of use for these pieces he tossed in...
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    Once I get the Coffee Table Project done....I can rebuild the vise....

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    The ash looks pretty clear for $10 !
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    $10 was the total price for all of that lumber...handed the fellow ten bucks, and he even helped load it in my van...
    Got two blanks for table legs out of the 2 x 4 x 8' plank...
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    Still have plenty left over, for the vise rebuild..
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    May take a few extra cuts to get just the right parts out of it, though...
    Have a Coffee Table to complete, then we'll see about that vise rebuild.

    Stay tuned

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    Steven,

    One more +1 on the price of the lumber.

    Sounds like you have a pretty fair idea already what is needed for the end of the bench and vise. I will bet it turns out much improved.

    Stew

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    While setting up to crosscut the 2 x 4 down....noticed a problem...seems when the old Craftsman Circular saw fell onto the floor a few days ago...it landed right on the blade guard....cracked it, and bent it into the blade....got it freed up enough to make a couple cuts...may have to retire the old saw...
    Stashed the parts out of the way...had a few other chores to do..
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    Mainly the two in the middle of the stack...not sure about the other two..yet.
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    Once I could clear the bench of all the mortising stuff...I could lay two parts out..
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    Once I can tear this end of the bench apart...these just might fit..
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    Due to one of the legs being in the way..won't be able to center the vise up...

    Stay tuned....

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