Antique Watchmaker Vise - Restoration

פורסם בתאריך 12 נוב 2019
In this video i'm restoring a very rusty and stuck antique watchmaker vise.

Sometimes I spend a lot of time just scrolling through the antique section of eBay without seeing something not even close to be interesting. It was exactly this case a few weeks ago, but then all of a sudden this little watchmaker vise appeared. I knew right away that I want it. I really like the small size of it with all the details and the old school design, so I bought it for $20.
It had really a lot of rust and I was sceptical at the beginning if I could get rid of all the pitting and put a nice mirror polish on it, because it is very thin at two spots. It turned out to not be a problem and it worked very well. The jaws themself looked still very good after removing the rust, I've only pu a little bluing liquid on them and that was it. The bolt and the wing nut on the other hand was a big issue on this project. The thread had way too much play, the thread in the nut was not straight and it was a non standart thread size. That means I had no tools to cut this exact thread. So I need to make at least a new bolt and put a same size metric standart thread on it. With this new thread the nut doesn't fit anymore on the new bolt. If I want to repair the wing nut, I'd have to close the old thread with welding and cut in the same metric thread as on the bolt. I talked to a professional welder to close this thread, but he told me that the diameter of the hole was too small compared to it's lenght to be able to close it, or it could be that he melts the whole nut while trying to weld it. For that reason I decided to make a new one. Even though it is just a simple wing nut, this part was one of the most complicated parts I've done for this channel so far, but it turned out perfectly. I also had to replace the wooden handle because it had some cracks and the holes have become too big.
At the end it turned out very great in my opinion. With the polished steel, the polished brass and the stained wood it has a very classy look and I really like it.

I hope you like my work and the video.

Huge thank you to all of my Patreon and PayPal supporters and specially to:

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00:00 preview
00:42 disassembling
01:52 showing all the parts
02:07 cleaning the parts with the parts washer
02:32 removing the rust
03:05 removing the bolt
03:29 restoring the main part
04:55 bluing the jaws of the main part
05:16 polish the inside with selfmade tool
05:41 explaining the issue with nut and bolt
06:16 making a new bolt on the lathe and milling machine
07:45 making a new wing nut on the lathe and milling machine
10:58 restoring the small washer
11:22 making a new wooden handle
12:37 stain the wooden handle
12:47 apply linseed oil on the wooden handle
13:02 restore the brass ring
13:30 restore the eye screw
14:05 showing all the parts before reassembling
14:19 reassembling
15:16 showing the finished restoration
16:08 final test

Time and costs of this restoration:

I was working on this project for 1 week
$20 watchmaker vise
$2 ash wood for the handle

My camera:
Panasonic HC-V180

If you have any questions about the process, machines i'm using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.

Sorry for my bad english, it's not my language. I try my best to improve my technical english.

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  • mm : bolt has too much play me : just say it mm : the nut is slanting me : just say it! mm : size is not standart me : just say it!!!!! mm : unfortunately i have no tools for that size me : just say it please!!! mm : i make a new one (with a standar bla bla ) me : YES! YES! YES! Thank You! Thank You!

    • @my mechanics Can you start selling "I make a new one" t-shirts?

    • That's a what a perfect YT comment is supposed to be!

    • Glad I'm not the only one! lol ;)

    • Me:hi mm

    • 😂😂😂

  • Watching this again after a year i have to say that i think you ruined the whole dead bug aesthetic

  • wing nut looks like a little mouse

  • Very excellent..... 👌🏽

  • The amount of sanding this guy does….

  • "I'll make a new one"

  • When I watch these videos at night, I fall asleep instantly🙂

  • magnifique

  • You have the patience of a god

  • Impresionante ,mejor que nuevo

  • Wd-40 put is izi to open

  • 4:55 I'm blue da ba de da ba di

  • Should have just made the whole thing new lol

  • I would have reamed out the holes in the handle, plug them, and re-drill them. Very nice resto....

  • Adorei o trabalho. Sempre impressionante 👏👏👏👏

  • Absolutely a master. Another great job!

  • 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • ;)

  • but how does it work and what it is for?

  • 🇧🇷siiiiii💖👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • Mm

  • Hi

  • Que maravilha de trabalho ! PARABENS !!!!!

  • very good It turns out that mechanical manufacturing is so easy

  • He's a brilliant machine that's crank out shiny nuts n bolts, I WATCH EVERY SECOND! HYPNOTIC is the welding, almost therapeutic, smdh. Love the sound of it. It thrills me to watch this MAN MACHINE, 😂😆

  • 🇰🇿🔥

  • Uau!

  • DEFINITELY! Without words! You are the best in ILaward talking about restorations! CONGRATS BROTHER from Mexico City!:).😎

  • Habilidad muy grande...pero de restauración casi nada...todo lo hace de nuevo

  • Ah, I see a mon of taste when it comes to ice cream. Mövenpick mocca

  • How do you decide when to use parts washer/sandblaster/rust remover?

  • الله يعطيك لحتى يرضيك

  • I was watching this with earphones while my brother was talking to me about stuff from the next room. I exclaimed "that rusty old thing suddenly turned into something as shiny as platinum" at an unfortunate point in the rather one-sided conversation with my brother.

  • Wow. Making wingnuts with a lathe and lots of elbow-grease! Wow.

  • @10:56 Left nut: me Right nut: the guy she says not to worry about

  • The useless hole which you didn't drill on the new part seems for something longer to put in.

  • Please tell me the name of this clamp. Where can I buy it? Thanks so much.

  • woooow, perfekt

  • MV rất hay, i like it 😴😉😪

  • Excellantie, have a nice day friend !!!.

  • It seems like you can make anything you like with your machines. Your works are awesome. Keep it up 👍👍

  • Класс братишка

  • Everytime when you restore something we all wait for the magic words " Let's make a new one". 😂😂 Very nice done. The button of your sandmachine is fixed so that is our expectation. 😃👍

  • Frotte frotte frotte

  • Meu amigo você é incrível respeitei você você é muito bom naquilo que você faz

  • You got diddled paying $20 for that...

  • I love this restoration

  • I wish I were young like it. (From S.Korea)

  • Applause!!!!!


  • Making a new wing nut! WOW! I am super-impressed with your machinist skills. Well done, sir! One of my uncles was a watchmaker: I'm sure he would recognize this tool, even though it probably pre-dates the ones he likely used. ;-)

  • Absolutely perfect!

  • 10:20 new he couldn’t make a a wing nut..😂😂😂😂. 10:54 😳

  • 😀😀👏👏👏👏👍👍👍

  • Great video and project but that looks like it was artificially rusted to make it look worse at the beginning.

  • I am guessing this isn't stainless steel, won't the rust come back pretty soon?

  • Question: why didn't you restore the clamping surface before bluing it? Those grooves look worn.

  • No stop! Who hand makes a wing nut (that could be called a Mickey mouse nut - from the final shape)

    • Thanks for watching, much appreciated

  • The mickey mouse money vise! lol

  • È di una esagerata bellezza guardare la passione che mette nel trattare gli oggetti,ridona la vita ad oggetti fantastici...

  • too long to work

  • terlalu lama waktunya kalau hanya untuk restorasi alat sekecil ini


  • Vise-ception!

  • слишком много новых дееталей- это уже не реставрация. интересно смотреть именно на реставрацию, а не на токарный станок

  • Хочу замуж за этого мужчину!😉

  • That is so cool

  • besser als das original!!

  • That is the prettiest wing nut I’ve ever seen. Beautiful job recreating it.

  • Excelente, solo un detalle, el mango de madera debió ser barnizado, se ve casi igual que el antiguo.

  • Dude, you rock. That's awesome!

  • Like a magic

  • my mech: Nut is not standard, so I can't make new one me: ok.. my mech: so I'll make new set me: OK Let's go!!!!

  • Do a shop tour with all the functions. I also must know more about nickle plating.

  • surprised you didn’t clean up the knurling of the tool? it was almost smooth it was worn so badly

  • Why are you don't use coolant on turning tool?

    • @my mechanics Yes, I think they wear out faster without coolant

    • Carbide tools work fine without coolant

  • Mickey Mouse wing nut

  • A Mickey Mouse ving nut 😂😂😂

  • That piece, sir, will be one very handy tool to have around. Beautiful job, as usual.

  • That was a Mickey Mouse job you did there on that nut See what I did there? 😎😂

  • This hole in a screw had a functional. It is a centric hole

  • It looked like a Mickey Mouse nut anyway. 😘

  • Nice job brother

  • I look online for vintage carbide lamps and fix them up

  • Super

  • There is a little cockroach on the top

  • More people should watch this cause it's actually pretty cool to watch a person take something that looks unrepairable and makes it into something good again like dang it's kinda inspirational to

  • Just buy a wing nut !!!

  • It's been too long we want a workshop touring

  • Man, I love everything you do except the stain on wood. Why not get some different woods so you can keep them natural? Like start with maple, cherry and walnut. Then you have a nice selection of blonde, brunette and auburn.

  • A thing of beauty. Thanks.

  • I think bro all Ur machine I think Ur restore from old to new what u have am I right

  • 00:59 *Disney copyright infringement*

  • This is a piece of art.

  • I just found your channel and I have watched every video. It’s now 4:09 AM and I’m searching for antiques online to restore then remembering I’d have no clue how to do any of this.

  • Mentally I know he knows what he's doing way, way better than I do, but man do I always cringe when he forces a seized nut or bolt without any penetrating liquid; just to many bad experiences having bolts break on old cars I guess

  • 13:26 Ну всё, кольцо сделал, жениться пора)))

  • Love the mouse ears 👍

  • Beautiful. I knew there was something I needed....just your calm skills....ordered and sorted out..... Wish work was like this.

  • Mm:hmmmm how do I put a nut in here?