So today I got an American Scale Co. #78 vise for $275, just a touch under $2/lb so not too bad.
Especially since it has the swiveling jaw! Yipee!
It has 6" wide jaws in almost perfect shape.
No pipe jaws, but I'll put with that.
The rub is, the slide is broken as you can see.
My plan is as shown in the pics - to cut the break square, chamfer everything nicely and oxy/acetylene braze in the steel pieces with flux-covered brazing rod.
I'll MIG weld the two steel pieces together first, and drill them and the slide in two places (tapping the slide) so I can bolt it up before I go to braze, so nothing drifts or shifts.
Does this sound like a sound plan? Or does it look a bit dim?
From rooting around the web-O-tropolis, it seems that pre-heating a bunch helps, as does cooling it VERY slowly.
I'm really stoked to finally have a monster-killer swivel-jaw vise.
BTW: I love that the vise nut has 'VISE' cast into it.
The pic from the ad:
On the bench: