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Serious old tools

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:40 pm

Stanton's post about his work bench and vice got me to thinking about mine. I wiould post a picture of my workbench I made from some pallet racking, but I made it too big, and it is hard to find for all the stuff piled on it. I do clean it off 2 or 3 times a year, and you can see it for about a week afterward. One thing that is easy to get to is my vice. It is an old post vice, with 6 inch wide jaws that will open ot 8 inches or a little more. I frequently use it for pressing seals and bearings into retainers, etc. The leg extends down into the square tubing at the bottom of the picture.
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And my old anvil. I have highlighted with white paint the markings that can be read on it.
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Both of these items came from my Dad, but I do not know where he got them.
They may have come from a farm sale, or may go all the way back to my great grandfather who was a wheel wright, and along with his brother built wagons, including 50 that they built in one year for the California gold rush. It took a lot of work to go to the woods, cut the trees, saw the lumber, and build 50 wagons in one year. I have some of my great grandfather's small tools, including a hand operated drill press that did not use any gears, just a handle on top to turn the shaft and a wheel to lower it.
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Re: Serious old tools

Postby Shane Nelson » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:39 am

Cool stuff!
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Re: Serious old tools

Postby T-Mo » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:01 am

John, I remember seeing the anvil when I was at your place - I meant to comment/asked about it, but didn't - we were probably talking about something else and the thought quickly left my mind. I probably saw the vise, but I guess it didn't register in my mind or something at the time.

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Re: Serious old tools

Postby Stanton » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:08 am

Nice old tools, John. They'll be around long after we're gone...
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Re: Serious old tools

Postby Donegal Cub » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:01 pm

Hi John,
Your vice is exactly the same as what we in Donegal cal a blacksmiths vice, very strong anchored in the floor also.
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Re: Serious old tools

Postby tomcat » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:34 pm

Nice stuff there John. I have two of those vice that I have had for about 20 years and the same kind of anvil you have there that will go over 200 lbs. had it for 40 years never set them up but I did cut a stump the other day for the anvil so I am getting closer :lol: I am going to get my Granddaughter to figure this picture posting out one of these days and teach me but my head is about like that anvil :lol: :lol:

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Re: Serious old tools

Postby mozer71 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:01 am

Your anvil, very good one. This is serious tools, like you said. The first post vise I bought was really backwoods Virginia and had been around a long time. Apparently, the screw and collar nut had stripped long before. They must have needed it working so they heated it and fitted the screw and nut of a railroad screw jack in there. Great big screw and that saw some work. I knew it wasn't original but it was representing the deep times, back when they were pounding out heated items. Nothing like a post vise. The bench only holds it stable and the impact goes into the concrete floor. This one has its original height by the leg not being corroded or cut off. Good stuff.

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Re: Serious old tools

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:11 am

That is some GOOD old iron!
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Re: Serious old tools

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:45 pm

This is also part of the collection from my great grandfather. I would hate to drill many holes with this, but if it is all you have I guess you made do. The crank handle on top turns the shaft, and the wheel runs the shaft down. I have been told it was intended to be mounted on a stump and lay horizontal.
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Re: Serious old tools

Postby Mr E » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:19 am

What is the word below “solid” on the bottom. My eyes can’t make it out
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Re: Serious old tools

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:45 pm

I can't figure it out either, with the anvil right in front of me. Been thinking about posting it on another forum where I know some old time guys who collect anvils, etc. visit.
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Re: Serious old tools

Postby mozer71 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:07 pm

The word is "WROUGHT" as spelled in 1930 dictionary. Many years before it was spelled differently. "The iron was made malleable in a puddling furnace and capable of being welded". Very tough anvil. !

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Re: Serious old tools

Postby Eugene » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:56 pm

I still have some of my grandfather's tools.

My son has his great grandfather's wheelbarrow. I think the wheelbarrow originally had a steel front wheel, replaced with a rubber tire. I replaced the handles and I think the rubber tire was replaced, The bed is still in great shape.

Most of my grandfather's tools were trashed when replaced.
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Re: Serious old tools

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:11 pm

from one of the members of Yesterdays Tractors

"Peter Wright anvils are very collectable . Made in England. The numbers "113" probably give the weight using an old system (1* 112 plus 1 * 28 plus 3 = 112 + 28 + 3 = 143 pounds). Note imperial hundred weight = 112 pounds, and 1/4 of a hundred weight = 28 pounds.
Made from about 1830 until WWII. The older ones made with steel faces forge welded onto wrought iron bodies."
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