bluerooster Posted May 24, 2021 Share Posted May 24, 2021 I guess I'd better put this in the vise topic and quit taking up space in the "what did you do in the shop" topic. It all started off with a need for a suitable post vise. I'd been looking and what I've found is a Vise that needs to be melted down for scrap will run about $300 because it's rusty. So, I decided to build one. I figure that if a man could build one 100 years ago, I can build one today. I have a chunk of square stock that I decided to start with. It has been a learning experience to say the very least. I have one jaw well on it's way. and #2 is catching up quickly. But requires many heats, and many upsets, and many flattenings, to get the jaw widened enough. I'd started with my hand crank blower, but decided that I needed the rest between heats, so I dug out the hair dryer. Anyway, I started this ambitious project knowing full well I could probably buy one quicker. But, The education I will get is priceless. Got the first jaw ready for the screw hole, Only took about 8 hours at the forge. Now, how to make the screw hole. I could drill it, but parent stock is only 1 3/16" and I have 1" lead screw. So , I decided to slit and drift. Guess what, I have no tools to do that. But, I have an anvil, a forge, and stock to make a slitter, and drift. I guess that's what it's all about. If you need it, and don't have it, make it. Iron in the fire: Upset, and flatten: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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