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  1. RogerrogerD

    Restoring a 6 1/2 inch leg vice.

    I’m getting a washer, which I’ll leave in if the bearing wont keep tight. But thanks for the heads up.
  2. RogerrogerD

    Restoring a 6 1/2 inch leg vice.

    New thrust bearing from China arrived. Not bad for $6. Works a treat, but going to back it up with a washer with a bigger outer diameter (85mm)
  3. RogerrogerD

    Restoring a 6 1/2 inch leg vice.

    So I think this will work without a thrust bearing or washer if it has to. But in an idle moment I measured up the dimensions for a thrust washer. Came to 45mm internal dia and 65mm external dia.(sorry, a Brit here working in metric). I could make a washer up easily enough I guess, but I fed those dimensions into ebay and amazon , just for the xxxx of it, in case I could get a washer cheap through amazon. Not surprisingly I drew a blank, I had assumed those dimensions for a 100 year old or more object would be esoteric. But, the bottom of the page was offered a thrust bearing, of exactly those dimensions for the princely price of £4.55 (about $6). So for that price I ordered it... arrives from China shortly. How weird is that? Jeez, i would expect to pay twice thst for a simple washer of those dimensions. If I fit one of these (with a thickness of 14mm) the vice will close with the key up or down... not sure if the thrust bearing will cause the handle to flop about. We’ll see. I’ll report .
  4. RogerrogerD

    Restoring a 6 1/2 inch leg vice.

    Yep the jaws will close completely if I squeeze by hand so it must be the mouse’s walnut in the box... I’ll take a stiff bottle washer to it this afternoon. So I gave the screw box a thorough clean out, and regreased it lightly. Refitted, no different, still not quite closing. On a whim I then took it apart again and refitted it with the “key” on the screw box down rather then up...and guess what, it closes.... I can't think that there is any negative on which way up the screw box is fitted.. the space it slides through between each jaw is slit snd drifted and not precisely machined, and there’s space for the key either way. I didnt expect that. I dont recall which way up it was when I first got it, because I wasnt looking, and I cant make it out on the photos I took. Ah well... it works, and for the heck of it, I’ll try a cheap thrust bearing thats on its way.
  5. RogerrogerD

    Restoring a 6 1/2 inch leg vice.

    It didnt have a thrust washer when I got it.... I found a modern one on line for just a few pounds that weirdly has the right dimensions. and its on order, but tbh I’m scratching my head.
  6. Of course silver and deming drill bits with a half inch shank and a flat ground on it should work too, so I’ll give that a go. Having a problem finding or making a suitable spring for the pawl... so for now I’m using a piece of string with a weight on the end as a a temporary fix. Works fine!
  7. RogerrogerD

    Ordering steel UK

    i should have said the online stores sometimes vary a lot in price.. worth doing a comparison before you click the final button.
  8. RogerrogerD

    leg vise spring alternative.

    You're gonna need a bracket to fix it to a stand of some sort...and the bracket on a traditional vise incorporates the top of a normal spring. A normal spring meeds nothing at the bottom other than an ear on either side. So do you have a bracket and if so would it hold the top of a traditional vise spring?
  9. RogerrogerD

    How to get a screw+ box?

    I’d buy a post vice in poor condition and salvage the box or box and screw. I’ve seen some in the past that were really sticks of rust but becuase the screw threads were the only thing still covered in a layer of grease and somewhat protected from the elements, it meant as components they were fine. Get a box and a screw and you dont need to worry about a match.
  10. RogerrogerD

    Is something missing here?

    Yes, You need a wedge piece to go behind the “key piece” that is already in there. You tap it in and it holds the whole vice tight. Looks like this, but dimensions not too critical.
  11. Finally got it apart. There was a little “nub” of steel under the screw holding it to the pillar. I replaced it with a brass nub. A lick of paint and a while fiddling with a new pawl spring (which I expect to fiddle with some more), the here we are. Not quite perfect, but I learnt a lot on the way. I have on order a 1/2” straight shaft arbour to fit a jacobs chuck, so once I get a face milled in the shaft, it’ll use modern bits as the old one are now impossible to get. A few other tweaks but not much left to do. Very weird gearing. Perhaps not weird but....One turn of that 50” flywheel gives 1 and a third turns of the drill.
  12. RogerrogerD

    Restoring a 6 1/2 inch leg vice.

    It could well be a Peter Wright. But no markings anywhere.
  13. RogerrogerD

    Restoring a 6 1/2 inch leg vice.

    i’ll try that, thanks TP.
  14. Some work on it today. Painting the gear covers. Working off the rust from the base. The pillar is rusted, and seized. A swim in wd40 penetrating oil, plus the application of some heat just started to move it, with some effort snd hammering. Will repeat tomorrow with even more heat. The original colours were indeed red and green.
  15. RogerrogerD

    Restoring a 6 1/2 inch leg vice.

    And its back together... strangely it now won’t close tight... I’m having a think about why. Here it is in a temporary mount. My other vice, somewhat smaller, on the other side of the the trunk.