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  1. On 10/20/2020 at 12:04 PM, ThomasPowers said:

    Thicker thrust washers would accomplish the same thing.  I'd suggest adding one to the handle end as the key of the screwbox is a necessary part of the system.


    Dang! Wish I would have thought of that or seen this post before. I ended up taking it to a shop that did the same thing shown in the video above. The guy did a nice job for me... but it's not original... and it cost me $187. Hope it lasts me the rest of my days, as it did for my grandfather and father.

    Thx to everyone for the most helpful posts!


    On 10/21/2020 at 8:38 PM, John R said:

    If it was in my shop I would just machine a new screw and a screw box.

    Very nice shop! I'm envious!!

  2. 5 hours ago, JHCC said:

    The very simplest thing to do is to make some removeable vise jaws to narrow the jaw opening without having to get into the stripped area of the screw. You could either have a 1" inch jaw on one side or a pair of 1/2" jaws that go on either side. If the stock is 1" thick or less, pop them in, put in your workpiece, and clamp down. If the stock is over 1", pop them out.

    Great idea. Thanks!

    Thanks to the other posters as well. Appreciated.


  3. 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?



  4. 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...?

    2 minutes ago, JHCC said:

    Or call your local library and see if they do ILL (InterLibrary Loan). That's free.

    Yes, my library offers this service and I use it often.


  5. 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?

  6. 48 minutes ago, ThomasPowers said:

    To me strap stock is considerably wider than it is thick and generally not too heavy  so 1"x1/4" is strap as is 1" x 1/8".  AKA flat stock.

    Just to be obnoxious I may try making my next one from a RR spike...much more work than necessary!

    Ok, that was my first thought... but I was assuming to get the spring action, one had to have a special spring steel.

  7. 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!





  8. 15 hours ago, Frosty said:

    What are your plans for it?

    Frosty The Lucky.

    Thank you all for the help!

    My plans, I guess, are to continue using it, as is,  in the fashion I've known it to be used since I can remember (I'm 49 yrs old). I'll use it as a solid surface to straighten or bend metal, to slight degrees. That's how we used it on the farm. No forging heat. We were not blacksmiths.

    I'm guessing the top was broken off before my time as that is how I always remember it. Maybe I'll repair it some day but, for as little as I'll likely use it, I'm guessing it will remain as is.

    Thanks again for all the help. If anyone else has additional input, I'd love to hear it.


  9. Hi,

    This anvil means a great deal to me. It's been in my possession since 1989... but it wasn't until yesterday that I cleaned and mounted ... and looked for any markings. It was my fathers (1914-1993), and I understand, his fathers prior to that (1882-1959). Not sure how long we used it on the family farm but it was from at least 1968 to 1989.

    I wish I had taken photos of the underside before mounting. Here's what I recall: The perimeter of the base was built up about 1/8". This built-up perimeter was between 1/8" and 1/4" wide. There was a square hole in the center of the bottom... about 1" wide. There was deep and distinctive "T" that appeared to be chiseled in next to the hole. There were also two other marks on the bottom, one above the square hole and one below... something like a shallow "C" or crescent shape... maybe 2-3" wide, as I recall.

    Any help I could get with this would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you,












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