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  • Shop-built vise from railroad track

    Even includes a bit of machining:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0IkkcLxSTo

  • #2
    That poor train..

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tlfamm View Post
      Even includes a bit of machining:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0IkkcLxSTo
      I don't think much of using a drillpress base for an anvil. Center punching the jaws on it .
      ...lew...

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      • #4
        Good vid.. guy has some other interesting looking vids as well.

        At minute 9 making serrated jaws is slick.

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        • #5
          I do like to see folks being creative with little means. Thanks, JR

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          • #6
            He is a pro with that angle grinder.

            Nice vise build.
            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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            • #7
              cool. he has skills
              san jose, ca. usa

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              • #8
                The guy is definitely a craftsman.

                My first project on a lathe was to build a anvil out of a piece of railroad track. A friend of mine had a repair shop with a great big old South Bend Lathe in it. Something along the lines of 18" swing with 10' between centers. I told him I wanted to flatten the top of the railroad track so I could make an anvil and he pointed at the lathe and said have at it. ( I had never seen a lathe before). Anyway with a little of his help, I faced the top of that track, ground a horn on it and welded it to my welding table. That was more than 40 years ago. It still sits outside my shop today ready for me to bang on it.

                Thank you Perry Kenchloe

                Tim

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                • #9
                  That man loves his oil! I wonder how much he used for the whole project?
                  Andy

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                  • #10
                    Where does one go to find a piece of railroad track? (I have wondered this for a good while)

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                    • #11
                      It's cool - it's unique, as long as someone realizes it's limitations and uses it for things like the key chain trinket he built in the last minutes of the Vid,,,

                      My vises go through all different kinds of brutality - beating on things when clamped very hard,,, I would give that vise slim odds of survival with just one session of clamping in a C.V. axle shaft assembly and having to take a sledge to the inside part of the outer knuckle joint to pop the internal circlip past its retention limit...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Planeman41 View Post
                        Where does one go to find a piece of railroad track? (I have wondered this for a good while)
                        Some people steal them. JR

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JRouche View Post
                          Some people steal them. JR
                          The really dumb ones try and steel track that is under the wheels of a stationary locomotive.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Planeman41 View Post
                            Where does one go to find a piece of railroad track? (I have wondered this for a good while)
                            http://www.akrailroad.com

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by metalmagpie View Post
                              I have 3 or 4 small pieces. All were given to me by railroad maintenance contractors. I just asked them if they had any.
                              *** I always wanted a welding stinger that looked like the north end of a south bound chicken. Often my welds look like somebody pointed the wrong end of a chicken at the joint and squeezed until something came out. Might as well look the part.

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