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fishnaked

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  1. Great idea. Thanks! Thanks to the other posters as well. Appreciated.
  2. Unfortunately, my old vice will no longer tighten down on things thinner than 1". Appears the threads are stripped... in the female piece. This was my fathers vice (1914-1993) passed down from his father (1882-1959). I used it a lot on our family farm in the 70s and 80s, and tons in the last 18 years. Not sure how old it is but it's an essential tool for my needs. It is also a very sentimental and special piece to me. I'm sure hoping it can be fixed! Before I take it to a machine shop to ask.... do any of you have any advice? Thanks!
  3. Thanks! I have some extra log chains laying around. Now I know what to do with them.
  4. I've seen a few photos now of large log chains wrapped around the base of anvils. Is there a purpose for this?
  5. My bad. No point. I do use Amazon a lot for books though... and I didn't check around, being I was only curious at the moment. I just thought it was sorta humorous that it was so much money. Any way, back to my question...? Yes, my library offers this service and I use it often. Thanks!
  6. Thanks, Thomas. You'd recommend soaking it in tea and then using the bluing solution... or just one or the other? I updated my profile to show that I'm from South Central Idaho. I looked up that book and Amazon has one. $991.51... plus shipping.
  7. After decades of holding things to be welded on the farm, the top of my family heirloom Iron City vise had a build up of welds. I removed these random bits of welds with my angle grinder down to what I thought was the original vise. It's all shiny metal now, lacking the beautiful (to me) blackish colored patina that's on the rest of the vise. Is there any way to restore that patina, even if a bit? Throw the pieces in a fire, maybe? Or would the heat ruin it?
  8. Ok, that was my first thought... but I was assuming to get the spring action, one had to have a special spring steel.
  9. Thanks! Now, I'm really going to expose my ignorance. What is "strap stock"?
  10. Thanks, guys! Re making my own, cold.... as in not forging? If so, can you tell me more, please?
  11. Same story as the anvil I asked about the other day. However, I've been using this vise for the past 15 years. It is just now that that I'm cleaning it up and wishing to learn more about it. I'm curious if there's any way to tell the rough year of manufacture from looking at the photos below. Yes, this vise has seen some heavy use and probably some abuse. The other thing I'm curious about is the spring. From looking at pics on the Net, I saw right off that it's missing the spring. I'm guessing I'll have as much luck seeing a blue moon than finding one. Any info would be appreciated
  12. Thanks, guys! What is that "9" or "6" stamped to the left of the square hole? Also, from what I have gathered thus far, Hay Budden made quality anvils. Correct? If so, to what extent? Average good? Really good? Amongst the best? Lastly, roughly how much money did these sell for in ~1879?
  13. Can one tell the purpose, or quality of steel, by bouncing a hammer on the face? For the lack of a knowledgeable way of describing it, when I drop a hammer on the face in question, it bounces back several times and... well, it just has a nice ring to my ears... undoubtedly in large part to the sentimental value this big hunk of metal has for me. There is no dull thud.
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