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Justin Topp

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  1. Ah. Thanks for the explanation. Never heard of them before. This is a little different I’d think
  2. Kama? It was supposed to say weeder not weeded. Darn autocorrect. Thanks, no it’s number 25. The “1” is just a chunk of scale that fell off And happened to look like a exactly like a 1
  3. A few current work in progress pieces. A cape cod weeded forged from spring steel with a bloodwood handle. Which is mostly done and a ~ 3 lb rounding hammer
  4. Haha thanks! I’m really excited to get it in the garage and put to work. It’s going to make life so much easier
  5. Its a fantastic old articulating head drill press. The head pivots in two places, the table spins in two ways as well. You can drill to the center of pretty much anything as long as it’s not larger than 4’ in width /diameter. Everything pivots on ball bearings where the body is brass with steel balls so it’s super smooth. Speed range with the gears and pulleys is 80-4000 rpms. The head has a 5 size step pulley than an oil filled gear box. The vfd will allow more speed control if I need it. Meaning I can get near perfect speeds when drilling. Due to it being three phase I will run it off a vfd acting as a phase converter this will also allow me to reverse it as the original reversing switch was gone I have a mt2 tapping head which will fit this drill and allow me to power tap holes as well There’s t slots all over the table and a few on the side of the table and in the base meaning lots of room for fixtures and clamping coolant was an option originally and will be added to this drill eventually. there’s a “jack” / “leg” under the table to support it for higher accuracy when drilling heavy objects Can’t wait to get it into use. Should be a big improvement to my other drill. Which worked fine. But it’s a small bench top drill press that’s got a 1/4 hp motor and goes down to 600 rpms at the minimum. Which is too fast for large bits. It’s missing a handle but that’s an easy replacement. The original reversing switch is an easy fix as well As it uses a barrel style power control switch. For off, forward and reverse. But since I have the vfd for direction Changing I’ll wait to put another switch in like the original. Sorry for the rant haha
  6. Purchased this drill today for 150$. Should be a great upgrade to the small bench top drill I had before. It’s 1200 lbs roughly and made in England. Everything is smooth and functions well
  7. I like restoring bench vises and any excuses to braze things are taken haha. Prentiss are the best looking swivel jaw in my opinion. So I think I can make it whole again. There’s about half of the last 4” of the slide missing. So some plate steel brazed on should fix it nicely
  8. Indian chiefs are Columbian. Odd to see no Columbians. They were often marked only on the mounting brackets which got lost often. That could be why. But still weird im looking to possibly purchase a 7” prentiss swivel jaw. With a chunk out of the slide. That’s an easy enough fix though
  9. Thanks! I have a prentiss jewelers vise. That’s also swivel jaw. But the jaws are only 1.75”. I may be purchasing a larger prentiss swivel jaw soon…. of the 9 post vises I’ve owned. I believe 6-7 were Columbian. By far the most common I have found. There has been a few not Columbian branded that were still made by Columbian. For other sellers
  10. Today I have some vises to display. First is a 4” Columbian post vise that I found for 25$. The stand is nice and heavy so I intend to cut it down for a base for my belt grinder. Threads are in great condition and it closes firm and straight. One of the wedges was a United States Navy MK2 kabar knife which I thought was neat. I’ve been told probably ww2. the next vise is a Parker number 371 swivel jaw vise. Coming in at 39 lbs with 3.5” wide jaws. After a ton of hassle with rust converters and oil. I managed to free everything slowly. Than I welded the swivel than ground it. Since the cast iron had chipped and it couldn’t clamp without the jaw lifting. Now it works well. And brazed a crack in the body at the back of the swivel jaw. Then i wire wheeled and painted it. Gun blued the non painted parts. I think it came out nice. It’s a pleasure to use the vise
  11. Thanks , That’s for sure! Nothing like running a machine that’s much older than me and will probably outlast me haha. The grizzly seems pretty powerful for its size. Certainly enough for what I need. Price was half of retail so I’m happy. Been keeping my eyes open for a 7” shaper …. None yet but I’m watching haha
  12. Justin Topp

    New tools!

    Finally got myself a lathe and a milling machine. The lathe is an old craftsman 6x18 metal lathe. It has a marathon 3/4 hp dc motor. and the mill is a grizzly. Real excited to put them to use. Small but they should do the trick for my shop. Can always use a friends machines if I need bigger
  13. Haha thanks. Someone’s coming to take a look later today.
  14. A couple rough but functional tongs. I’m out of practice. it’s been too hot for me to forge so I did nothing for the pretty much The entirety of July unfortunately
  15. Wire wheeled it and gun blued the body. Now to build a little stand. I’m thinking a mini railroad style vise stand. In my cleaning I discovered the swivel base plunger says pat feby 6th 77. Meaning it was patented February 6th 1877. The prentiss logo is also double stamped
  16. Sounds like I’ve got some experimenting to do. Thanks for the information everyone! Today I forged a drift for an axe and an axe with said drift. It’s about 2 lbs made of mild steel with a forge welded hard edge on it. Just needs a handle and it’s good to go.
  17. I’d want a swivel jaw vise like this one just bigger if I was going to trade it.
  18. That’s what I’m thinking. I’ll either trade it for a larger one. Or sell it and buy a larger one. It’s cool but I’m not making watches or jewelry so I don’t really need it.
  19. For sure it’s worth far more than a bigger one. But it’s less useful to me! looks awesome though!
  20. Thinking I need about a 4” or 4.5” one like this. The swivel jaw is great
  21. It’s just mild. I’ve heard higher carbon steels are better but this one works perfectly fine so I’m not worried about it
  22. Yup! It’s tiny but fully functional! this is one of the smallest. If not the smallest side they made I believe. I paid 100$ but I have had an offer of 300$ by a collector and there are several that sold for more than that on eBay. So not too bad I think. I like it. It’s adorable
  23. Boy do I have a treat today! I got this very nice and very smooth operating prentiss (jewelers?) vise today. It is a swivel jaw, swivel base both of which operate smoothly. The jaws are 1.75” wide. Beautiful little vise
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