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    .50 Cent Stanley Vise Rebuild

    I found this crusty old Stanley Wood vise laid out on a farm wagon at a garage sale this past summer. It was pretty rusty, the clamp was rusted tight and the soft pads were pretty torn up. For .50 Cents I couldn't pass it up.



    I got it all loosened up after I got it home and finally got around to tearing it down to start a refurb.


    The soft pads are similar to masonite. I will use some 1/8 plywood underlayment to make new ones.
    Continued in next post.
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    I have been picking away at getting this vise. I made new clamp pads out of 1/8th in. underlayment. I laid out four pieces using one of the original pads as a template. I cut them out on the bandsaw and laminated them together in pairs.




    After the glue set up I drilled out all of the attachement and clearance holes and trimmed them to final shape.

    They bolted up nicely and should do the job well.

    See next post.

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    I rolled out the sandblasting cabinet and got both pieces cleaned up. They looked pretty good after getting all of the rust and old paint off them.

    Do you see where it says Stanley and NOT Craftsman..

    The insides cleaned up nicely as well.



    See next post

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    I got a coat of grey primer on them and let them sit for a few days.



    Finished up the paint work on this vise. Turned out pretty nice and it will be a welcome addition to my vise collection.



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    Installed the new pad on stationary side.





    I got the vise project wrapped up and it works like a charm.



    This will come in handy even for working on car stuff. Light clamping painted or polished stuff will be it's main purpose.

    Mark
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    Fantastic work, Mark. Looks great!!

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    Wow, that's a cool little clamp. Never seen one like that before. Great save!

    I've got an old Stanley wood vice that I put UHMW jaw pads on that was really handy. It didn't mount with a clamp like that, you had to screw it into the table. I used it all the time at my last job. This makes me want to pull it out of storage and put it back in use.

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    Thanks for sharing the build and save with us. Not sure how I missed this¿ Turned out Beautiful and a great functional tool again. The insight to see something like this and its possibilities, then restore it beautifully is what this great forum is all about! Love to find one like that to have some fun with! Thanks again, Mark!
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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Bag View Post
    Wow, that's a cool little clamp. Never seen one like that before. Great save!...I've got an old Stanley wood vice that I put UHMW jaw pads on that was really handy. I used it all the time at my last job. This makes me want to pull it out of storage and put it back in use.
    Yes C-bag, it's called a corner vise, not common past woodworking for a reason i can't ascertain. Two versions; clamp-on and screw-on. Even with all the clamping [or other specific tools] various workers use, somethings just weren't introduced broadly.
    Then that new-fangled internet deal comes along .comming and .netting the old into new. Too bad the old companies can't regain their prominence.
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    Excellent restoration and great photo's. Now I have seen it I think I need one. It's in my to do list and I was thinking some heavy wall pipe welded up and filled with Iron Epoxy would be a good subsitute for cast.
    Thanks for showit.

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