MotoMike

My first post leg vise

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Picked it up today.  It is marked The Columbian Hardware co.  Cleveland O. Made in USA.  Jaws measure 4.25.  Only Jaw Damage I could see is a chip on the top of each jaw.  the faces of the jaws are straight and clean and all the inscribed lines forming a diamond pattern across them is sharp and clear.  To me it does not appear to have been abused,  the screw is in great shape.  Did I do ok at $80.00?

 

 

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Greetings Mike, 

       Ya done just fine and a fair price.. It will serve you well for many years. 

Forge on and make beautiful things 

Jim

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Thanks very much guys.  I guess it is normal for someone to have gorilla handed the handle and put a bit of a bend in it.  can you tell by looking at it when it was made?

 

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Very common to have the handle bent. I hot or cold straighten depending on the material and the amount to be done.

I generally think of the open screwbox as being one of the later styles

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Thanks Thomas.  I wondered if the bracket attachment, a u bolt as opposed to the wedge locks, might have been a later design as well.  seems like a better mounting system to me.

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Well if one of the nuts had disappeared on a U bolt system and you didn't have access to tools to make another one;  I bet you could forge a wedge bracket and wedges with just your forge.  Me I collect rusty U bolts and nuts at the scrap yard---"just in case" and can forge them to fit a vise in just a couple of heats.

My travel vise uses wedges as it's fast and easy to set it up and take it down----but I always throw an extra wedge in the tool bucket as I've made more than one when I get to a demo and found the wedges are in the *other* bucket of tools...

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Nice score at a decent price.  Ones like it have been listed elsewhere for hundreds of dollars which is on the high side.  You got it for a bargain though. 

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Thanks guys.  I have the parts to make a "portable" post for it.  time and weather allowing, I'll get that built soon. 

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Very nice, and a good price to boot. 

For your stand, remember that "stable" is much more important than "portable". Unless you're setting up and breaking down your forging setup every single time, make a heavy stand with a wide, stable base and a lot of mass to resist pounding and twisting. My own stand is fairly heavy (made from welded-up 4" x 8" I-beam), made more so by the three 5-gallon buckets of scrap steel and some heavy plates resting on the back, but even that can walk around a bit when I'm doing something particularly vigorous.

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I just picked up a Columbian also, finished the clean up and some fresh grease on the pivot and screw, plus a good wipe of boiled linseed oil on all the rest. It doesnt have the bracket or spring, but thats what smithing is for...isnt it

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Very nice. Go easy on greasing the screw, though: you don't want anything that scale and grit will stick to.

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