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Post  rsv1cox on Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:36 pm

Probably pretty high for a machinist that has to make many small adjustments along longitudinal and lateral axis's when the base is firmly attached to a drill press stage. But for me, in truth it may get used very little but I had fun cleaning it up. My present drill press vice does ok with a single adjustment.

After using JB Weld on my bench vice and finding that through normal use it holds just fine I decided to use it on this vice too. If one breaks there is always the real weld option.



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Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:11 pm

Looks brand new! Good job Bob!
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Post  Marleysky on Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:19 pm

Bob, that looks marvelous! Now you have it, it'll come in handy!
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Post  RknRusty on Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:25 pm

I really really want one of those. I've been wanting to learn how to do small things for aeromodeling purposes. Like venturis, for starters. Either Delrin or aluminum. I think I could have a lot of fun learning light machine work, from my layman's skill set.

I'm not sure my drill press doesn't have a slight wobble. Not sure how to address that problem, and the vise would be of little use for anything accurate that way. It's a Craftsman tabletop unit. Very old.
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Post  andrew on Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:04 am

Man, what a great restore. Excellent job!
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Post  fredvon4 on Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:20 am

Very well done brother Bob....looks better than they do new
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Post  batjac on Sat Aug 26, 2017 12:38 pm

Holy Cow!!!  That's fantastic!  It's too pretty to use.  Just put it on the shelf and make it a Hangar Queen.

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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Aug 26, 2017 3:38 pm

Thanks for the kind words guys.  

A little sandblasting, wire wheel, 400 grit, sanding block, and oil on the mating surfaces worked wonders.  I had to bring it in the house to put it together.  Computer picture memory prompts ya know.  For a long time I have called myself 50/50 Bob. Smile If there is a 50/50 chance of installing a part wrong, it seems that I have a 100% chance of getting it wrong the first time.  So, all the reconstruct pictures.  Without them I would still be putting it together, lot's of 50/50 chances there.  Someday the odds may even out for me.

All the friction adjusters allow for some drag and/or lock-down but they are fussy to adjust.  Seems like a simple lever would be more convenient.

It dwarfs the stage on my drill press, but I can still get a couple of hold down bolts in there.  But, yes I may just put it on the shelf and look at it.  



My vice could use a little TLC too.

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Post  batjac on Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:20 pm

Bob, I call it the 50/50/90 rule. And it holds. I had two new sets of control lines that I was hooking up to two planes yesterday. I attached them to the two planes and then unreeled them out for the handles. Given the 50/50 chance, I should have hooked one handle up right and on handle up backwards. But no. Both handles were hooked up wrong...

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Post  rsv1cox on Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:03 pm

batjac wrote:Bob, I call it the 50/50/90 rule.  And it holds.  I had two new sets of control lines that I was hooking up to two planes yesterday.  I attached them to the two planes and then unreeled them out for the handles.  Given the 50/50 chance, I should have hooked one handle up right and on handle up backwards.  But no.  Both handles were hooked up wrong...

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Post  GallopingGhostler on Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:10 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Oh yes, Paint was left over "Smoke gray" rattle can from my Wen Mac Airacobra. I couldn't find any Machinery Gray.

Bob, that's a really nice job of restoring that machinist's vice to serviceable condition, appearance is night and day to what it was before.

But I particularly like the restoration you did on that really abused P-39 Wen Mac Aerocobra. cheers

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