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Any thoughts on this post vise with a broken post?  Worth $30? Can it be fixed or used this way?

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Main thing about a vise is the screws and screw box. If that's good all else can more easily be fixed. 

 

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Yes it tightens and loosens.  No spring on this one. I’m thinking of bolting it onto my stump

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Tightens and loosens doesn't necessarily mean the screen is good but it's a start. ;) the screen should have decently square threads. 

Anyway it it functions $30. Isn't a bad price. A spring and mount are not hard to make. 

If you want a bit of fun forging challenging forging you could forge a new handle for it. 

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3 hours ago, Daswulf said:

you could forge a new handle for it. 

Yep, a good lesson in upsetting the ends, another thing would be to cut off that angle iron mount and forge a proper one along with the spring.

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Give it a miss, it looks as worn out and beaten up as it can be. Surely you can find a better one. 

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If the screw and screwbox are in good condition---threads square, no cracks---BUY IT; I'd bet you would find folks here that would give you $30 just for a replacement screw/screwbox!  Cheap for your area and there are a lot of ways to add a leg to it ranging from Fancy---forge welding a new one to the stub, arc welding a new one to the stub, brazing, down to slipping a piece of pipe on the stub...

As for the mounting bracket, grind it off and build a traditional one and forge a spring for it too.  (A Q&D mounting plate can be made from a piece of uneven leg angle iron and an UNPLATED U bolt forged to fit the leg.  A lot of Columbian postvises used that set up direct from the factory!) Hmm I see that the angle iron extends at least on the side shown.  If on both sides you can drill 2 holes and Ubolt a spring on...

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Well, there she is.  All cleaned up.  Finished her off with some boiled linseed oil.  Next is going to my step-fathers to get a stump.  

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Looks great Twofer. Now get her mounted on a stand and get using her. 

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