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  • Wilton vise repair

    I bought a 3” Wilton vise at the flea market a couple of years ago. Someone got rough with a sledge hammer and broke the lip that holds the fixed jaw. The screws that Hold the jaw was actually bent.
    I Tramed it in and milled it out for a press fit key. I locktited the key in. It turned out pretty good except for the divot when I turned the wrong handle the wrong way. Click image for larger version

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  • #2
    Nice save! It always bugs the hell out of me when I see idiots abusing their tools ....
    25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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    • #3
      I would fill that divot in with some JB Weld and file it smooth.

      Nice fix! I always like to see good tools being brought back to life.
      Last edited by Paul Alciatore; 02-14-2021, 11:00 PM.
      Paul A.
      SE Texas

      And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
      You will find that it has discrete steps.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by true temper View Post
        I bought a 3” Wilton vise at the flea market a couple of years ago. Someone got rough with a sledge hammer and broke the lip that holds the fixed jaw.
        I think it is very cool that you rescued a tool that would have been toast somewhere in some land fill.

        I think I have one of those lil vises. I good friend gave it to me in poor shape.

        I went through it and fixed some things and still own it. He is Passed, Ill keep it till I go.

        The thing is so small I dont ever seeing it as a shop vice. Maybe inside shop, that means house and wife lol. JR

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        • #5
          Nice repair, well done.

          If that end mill gouge bugs you, you could always re-repair it with one complete repair piece the whole width, held on by 4 cap screws - it would then look almost original.

          Ian
          All of the gear, no idea...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ian B View Post
            Nice repair, well done.

            If that end mill gouge bugs you, you could always re-repair it with one complete repair piece the whole width, held on by 4 cap screws - it would then look almost original.

            Ian
            I didn’t give it a thought to install the key all the way across the jaw. If I were to do it over that’s what I would have done.

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