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    Craftsman Vise

    Picked up this little Craftsman 3” vise from a yard sale over the weekend for $5.00, it’s one of those sliding jaw cam or friction lock type, it works fine it’s just that the jaws had a 1” deep cutout in them, I like a little step in the top of the vises jaws but not 1” deep, I know that one inch step was cut that deep intentionally to hold work up off the two ½” guide rods, but it was a reel pain in the azz to clamp something, so I made a couple new jaws with a 1/8” wide X 1/8” deep step in the top, the jaws were made from 4140 steel, hardened, tempered and ground.

    As Always Thanks for Looking and Happy Machining


    Doug

    Craftsman Vise-1.jpg Craftsman Vise-2.jpg Craftsman Vise-3.jpg

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    Comments are always welcome

    Doug

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    Nice set of jaws Doug. I still have a few sets to make for myself. Seems like you can never have enough quality jaws!
    Cheers, JR

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    What you did Doug was to buy a little gem of a vice that was actually missing the top jaws But you have rectified that by making your own good job.
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    Thanks Frank
    If you look at the 4th picture it shows the old jaws sitting along beside the new ones I made, I thought the same thing when I bought the vise, I thought someone took them out, only to later discover that their were a set of jaws in it, the old ones were kinda chiken zht if you ask me
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    Nice Jaws Doug, thanks for sharing it with us! Don't think I've ever seen that style Craftsman vice before and appears to have fairly wide opening. Is there a model number on it? Nice catch for 5 duckets.

    I have a little 3" like that but much wimpier and low profile, and my monster (35lbs) 6" Heinrich 6-SV I got for free. Some one had left coolant on it and a rusted up gooey mess and being tossed, a lot of clean up work but a beauty now and no dings in it.

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    I didn't see a model number or even a casting number anywhere, musta been a prototype huh? LOL

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