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  1. caotropheus

    Buy or Pass?

    Pass price too high.
  2. Frosty, you're a genius! Now I only have to convince my wife of that!
  3. I was offered my flypress without counter weights
  4. Here it is ready to work
  5. 671jungle I know nothing about blacksmithing compared to the guys that posted their opinions above and believe me, they are a lot more knowledgeable than I am! Curiosity is a terrible thing that makes me invest a lot of time discovering the path of doing things instead of doing other things. Confusing, right? For example, instead of acquiring an anvil and invest my time forging and learn forging techniques, I just build my own anvils! I understand your drive to build your own post vice I encourage you to do it but make something simple to begin with, something you can disassemble and reuse later to improve your designs. There are examples for designs of leg vices in the internet and youtube has some videos. You can find more example, some better than others...
  6. caotropheus

    old vise

    For twenty quid it is hard to go wrong with such piece. Show us some side, bottom, front, back, jaws open pictures and probably someone here can give you more details. What is the condition of the screw and nut? does it open freely? are there any parts missing or cracks in the vice?
  7. The vice is secured by simultaneously being secured by the mounting plate AND at the same time the bottom of the leg as to enter the ground or the base it is attached to for a couple of centimetres. If the bottom of the leg can freely move, the vice will always wobble... take a look at this thread
  8. Cannon Cocker IDF&C is right. Get simple lump charcoal (just charcoal, no briquette, no accelerant) and you will see a world of difference. Actually, lump charcoal gives you a very clean fire and less scale on your metal when compared to coal.
  9. You know, without pictures/video, never happened!
  10. caotropheus

    Post vise

    Without pictures/video, never happened...
  11. You are missing either the keyed wedge or the locking wedge. I think the spring is in the right position. You can make a wedge easily just by cutting some metal with an angle grinder You can see here how this guy assembles his vice from minute 9:30
  12. Of course everyone knows that dividing "stuff" by 1/4, 1/2, 1/8, 1/12, 1/32 and so on, is much easier than dividing stuff by 10, right?... or not so much?! Link removed due to advertising.
  13. Thanks IDF&C. Yesterday I heated the washer to an orange heat and locked it in place between the jaw and the screw head and it acquire the right shape for its function. Probably one day I will have the patience to make a more massive thrust washer with claws that lock into place. People, I forgot to show you, the fixed jaw is a bit marred and chipped in the edge. The chipped jaw suggests some sort of hardening, probably case hardening. As a personal preference, I like a vise with straight, parallel, even height jaws, not marred or chipped. My question is, can I pre heat and fill the damaged parts with 7018? Thanks
  14. caotropheus

    Worth a shot?

    It is impossible to go wrong for 20 USD for that vice even with a frozen screw. You can forge the spring and fabricate the mounting plate later. Listen to Frosty, apply his method and the screw will become loose one day. Patience is key here, do not force anything or overheat there are brazed parts in the screw area that may become loose or destroyed... Don't forget to show us the vice after restoration and in operation.