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  • Minor Tool Gloat

    I recently came across a Sheldon combination woodworking/metal working vise.
    It had been sitting in a barn under a workbench for over 15 years.

    Here she is after a trip through the cleansing bubbles of the electrolysis tank, some industrial safety green paint, a a splash of Vactra #2.
    All she needs is a new set of maple jaws.

    All told, I have under $10 invested -- including paint.


  • #2
    Is that Sheldon the lathe people, or a different Sheldon?

    Interesting vise, and nice restoration. But why the long metal jaws? Is the body meant to mount under the bench, and so the jaws need to extend above it?

    Doc's Machine. (Probably not what you expect.)


    • #3
      beautiful!!! don't let Evan see the colour he is a rangers supporter.Alistair
      Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


      • #4
        The jaw height differ, because a woodworker's bench is "usually" lower than a "mechanic's bench". There is about a 10" (approximately the length of the "average forearm") difference in the working height between the two workbenches. The woodworker's vice top is "usually" set flush with the top of workbench and the most of the "work" is done "down" on a relatively large piece of wood. When you are working metal held in a vice you are "usually" working "across" at about "bent elbow" height with a "usually" small piece of metal.

        I have also seen leather workers and a few "buggy" makers using this style of vice.
        Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there no sweeter words than "I told you so."