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Found 6 results

  1. Hello all. I just stopped by my local antique store on my way home from work to see if they had a leg vise on hand. Sure enough the owner did and I ended up leaving with a rusty old vise that he says he got up in Boston bar, BC. Perhaps it is a remnant of the gold rush that happened in the mid to late 1800 in BC. Any who. I brought it home and quickly disassembled it and started at it with a cup brush. The only mark I found was on the female end of the vise thread. A letter stamped M or W. Can anyone help me I'd this vise? Sorry if my photo size is too late. I have no idea how to reduce.
  2. Hey guys, first post here, I've been reading for years but never had need to post. I picked up this unknown brand vise, and wonder if you guys can ID it? I'm sorry I didn't take a pic assembled, but here are some shots of all the pieces. More shots to come later. On the underside of the mounting bracket is a few stamped digits, very hard to read. It LOOKS like it says "COL F & T CO" and has a large "4" above that. I have attached a pic of that. It is very heavy, and is right at 6 inch jaw width. It has chamfered arms, and has a hex nut on the pivot pin. I'm building a real heavy mount, I'll post pix as I do that. It appears to be in great shape and complete, but I wonder if the movable arm is bent? It may be hard to tell whats going on in the pix. The OUTSIDE of of the FIXED arm has a nice smooth curve to it, and the INSIDE of the FIXED arm is perfectly straight. Alternatively, the OUTSIDE of the MOVABLE arm is perfectly straight, but the INSIDE of the MOVABLE arm has quite a curve. It looks to me like its bent just above or at the screw eye. If a gorilla were to overtighten it, it seems it would bend there, but its so freakin massive I just don't see how it could be! One thing that makes me think it is bent, is that the movable jaw is a bit higher than the fixed jaw, and if it was bent at the eye, it would indeed make that jaw a little higher. I don't know if its worth messing with, I'm just curious if its supposed to be like that? Could it be like that to compensate for the angle in the screw eye when opened? Anyway, I hope it was a good buy. Vises are minimum 400 here for smaller and beat up vises, been looking for one for years. I got this for 250. Its a beautiful tool I'm anxious to get it mounted! What do you guys think, who made it and is it bent?
  3. Gotta gate I'm getting real close to hanging and I am really struggling with whether I have chose the correct posts to mount to, and whether my concrete hole to support the post will be deep enough. I have tried a few post calculators online but can't find enough information to feel confident in my posts. The gate is 8' tall, 4' wide, and weighs almost 300 lbs. the post I chose to hang the gate on is a 2"x3" structural tube post with a 1/4" wall thickness. On the other side of the post is a 13" wide side panel also 8' tall that is welded to the same post. That panel additionally weighs about 85lbs. My initial plan was to set the posts 30" deep in concrete and hang everything off of the post without tying any tabs or anything into the building. It's a large archway and I'd really like it to be free standing without anything tied to the to the side of the archway to support the post when it's under the load of the gate. From what I'm describing and the pictures do you think I'm overdoing/underdoing it? Will that post set 30" deep in concrete be enough to support all that without sag?? You can see in the picture the posts. The left side is where I am talking. The post will have the gate and side panel mounted on the same post together.
  4. I just bought a Buffalo Post Drill 616 at auction for $22 and now am in the middle of busting rust and taking apart to put back together. However, I don't have a big shop and so do most work out in the yard. Was wondering if any of the Faire/Rendezvous/Historical Recreation Smiths have any stand setups for taking your full size post drills with you on the road. Thanks.
  5. Hello to all. I have another repair related question that I wanted to throw out here, to see if my thinking is right. Recently, I bought a used post-vise on ebay. It seems to be in good used shape, except for the leg. It is ever-so-slightly bent at the bottom. My guess would be that it is out 5 degrees or less. I am thinking that I should secure it, try to heat the bend with a torch, and then use a "cheater bar" to try and true it up, but I wanted to get some more experienced advice before I went and did something that I will regret. I will try and get a picture posted on here tomorrow if I need to. Thanks in advance for the help.