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  1. You cant go wrong with a wire wheel and BLO.
  2. Picked up this Peter Wright blacksmith bench vice, Pre-1900, in a rusty old state. Restored, smartened up and now bolted with eight long bolts to a big chunk of ash wood.
  3. Well, I married a girl from North Norfolk, so.... Good luck with your restoration. Post some pics. Happy to chat any time.
  4. Tim. the weights are about 14kg each. I assume you are on the kg side of the pond. One original cast iron and the second is a 12cm mild steel ball. They seem to work. Good luck. Hopefully you wont need to unpin the leather.
  5. I’m told that Peter Wright parallel bench vices weren’t marked before 1900, so that’s maybe a plus. I’d always followed the idea that post vices were for blacksmiths and bench vices for the rest, but this is clearly not cast iron, and clearly designed for smithing.
  6. Tim, I’ll weigh one tomorrow and post here. Mine came with just one ball shaped weight, probably cast iron, and i bought a mild steel ball and welded on a loop to match. I don’t suppose it matters what shape it is. I have seen these operating with just one weight on one side, and frankly I haven't worked out the physics.
  7. No Peter Wright markings on it, which is a pity, but hey I bought it to use. Out looking for a suitable tree stump/log to mount it on to. I have a couple of post vices, but a tough old bench vice like this will find a use in my new forge, with the build starting next week...
  8. I went to pick up this late 1800s wood lathe, bought for £50, and the guy asked if I was interested in his old vise/vice. “Let’s have a look” I said.... It’s a Peter Wright style bench vice, 6” jaws, I think original leather washers. In need of restoration but quite a beast. £40. Yes please I said.
  9. Little and Large. Got given this old jewellers anvil and vice today by a passing carpenter who found it in a waste bin. I’ll clean it up, screw it to a base and fit it in the hardy hole on my big JB.
  10. Not a shop, but a key part of a shop. Decided I was fed up with chasing down rivets, nuts, bolts and washers spread across various drawers, boxes, bags, jars and too many of those fiddly small plastic draw things. So I picked up a bunch of industrial “pigeon hole” shelving as salvage and giving them a spruce up.
  11. My first ever blade, a kiridashi, and a prototype. Not yet sharpened but happy with my first attempt fastening wooden handle scales. I need to take more care with getting the epoxy to the edges, but other than that it’ll do. I’m using some Persian Ironwood . Sounds exotic but I have three small trees in my garden and took a few limbs off to dry a few years ago. It’s hard as bone, and has an interesting mottled effect to it. First coat of linseed oil applied.
  12. Couple of lovely old workshop bibles. Machinery’s Handbook from 1934 and Kempe’s Engineering Handbook from 1920.
  13. As a barely competent smith and a barely competent welder, I find a good looking rivet easier to achieve in many circumstances than a good looking weld. There is something more innately appealing to me about a rivet than a weld too. But I need to improve both my skills. But I’ll usually drill a hole rather than punch a hole, accepting that’s not always the best solution, just habit and because it reflects my skills, or rather lack of them. I’d like to be good at forge welding, I’d like to be good at Mig and Tig, and I’d like to be a better smith, then make the choice on what looks best rather than make the choice on what’s easier to achieve. A good excuse, maybe the best excuse, to get back to the shop tomorrow and practice some more, learn some more and head in the direction of more skill all round.
  14. My view is that most bench vices are cast iron. Hitting one with a hammer is actually somewhat dangerous because cast iron is usually brittle. A bench vice holds an item firm, and that’s it. A post vice/ leg vice is actually designed to both hold something firm , and also to take heavy blows. They are totally different tools really. You wouldnt use a cast Iron chisel or a cast iron hammer. Same goes with a cast iron vice for anything other than light work.
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