Huge Rusty Leg Vise - Perfect Restoration

פורסם בתאריך 15 יונ 2019
In this video i'm restoring a very old Blacksmith Leg Vise.

My friend has found this blacksmith leg vise at the junkyard. It is huge and and very heavy, over 43kg. I really liked the size of it, the very long handle and the design from the spindle and the spring, that's why I decided to restore it and make a video about it. I think this vise is around 100 years old.
What I first expected to be a simple straight foraward project turned out to be a very tricky one. After cleaning up the two big pieces with the jaws I noticed that they don't close parallel. When the jaws touched eachother on the right side, they had a 2.5mm gap on the left side. To get this restoration done properly I decided to machine them. I made an aluminium plate to clamp the vise on the milling machine. To mill the structure of the rough jaws I bought two carbide milling plates and let them customize by grinding certain angles to them. The milling worked very well and I'm very happy how the jaws turned out. After the milling I did harden and temper them again.
As the holes and countersinks from the heart shaped part were very small and rough, I drilled bigger holes and made the countersinks bigger and clean for 10mm screws. I did recut the threads with a threading file, because I didn't had this threading die size.
I just cleaned up the spindle with files and emery cloth, removed scrateches and sharp edges.
The nut had a groove in it at the end, I closed it with TIG welding and turned the welding spots clean on the lathe. I sanded the rest with emery cloth and cleaned it up with a file.
I decided to mill the rectangluar washer clean, because it was very wavy and had an overall rough shape.
While I was recutting the threads from the two square nuts, I realized that they were slanted. For that reason I decided to make new ones.
I bent the spring symmetrical and grinded the very rough shape clean on the belt grinder.
After cleaning up all the parts I did sandblast them, made them black with bluing liquid and painted them with a dark green hammertone paint. After the reassembly I realized that the vise looks very dark overall with the dark green and all the black parts, so I would definitely choose a brighter colour for next time to achieve a nicer contrast. Besides that I'm very happy how this project turned out. My friend who allowed me to use his milling machine to remake the jaws was very fascinated by this leg vise and he really liked it, I'm going to give it to him after the restoration.

I hope you like my work and the video.

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

Mike Rogsch
Scott Meola
john ortega
Joel Zwahlen
Andrei Sitnikov
Mathias Lincke
Micky McKay
Alan Hanson
Alex Roussos
Dan Williams
Joan Casanovas
John Romero
Jonathan Heckerman
Paul Mampilly
SA Graver
Vince Valenti
Zachary Grimes


00:00 preview
00:40 disassembling
01:24 showing all the parts
01:31 cleaning the parts with the parts washer
01:51 removing rust with MC-51
02:26 restoring the fix jaw
03:00 restoring the movable jaw
03:43 testing the jaws
04:02 sandblasting the fix and movable jaw
04:37 soften the hardened jaws
04:50 preparing to mill the jaws
05:19 machining the rough jaws on the milling machine
06:59 harden and temper the jaws
07:20 restoring the heart shaped holding plate
08:01 restoring the spindle with the handle
08:48 restoring the nut
09:55 restoring the holding plate for the spindle
10:16 restoring the rectangular washer
10:47 making two new square nuts
11:41 restoring the spring
12:20 sandblasting
13:02 making the parts black with bluing liquid
13:42 painting the parts with hammertone dark green
14:19 showing the restored blots and nut and custom washers
14:31 showing all the parts before reassembling
14:37 reassembling
15:58 showing the finished product
16:54 final test

Time and costs of this restoration:

I was working on this project over 3,5 weeks
$80 milling tools
$200 customizing the milling tools

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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  • RU powder coating yet?

  • I have one like this

  • What is this kind of vise used for?

  • How do you mount this vise to use it? Do you bolt it to the side of a table? Or stick that peg in a hole or something? Lol

  • Another well done perfect restoration! Fantastic work! Thanks for sharing

  • what is the difference between hardening and tempering, and how would you temper something?

  • Looking at the thumbnail, I seen him restore a vice before. Video starts, man this is big! A product of heavy engineering and a good result achieved 😁

  • Any particular reason why you decided against sandblasting the parts you cleaned with rust remover?

  • Now find a suitable place to MOUNT it. That's the real challenge!

  • que tipo de grasa es la que utilizas?? me encantan tus videos, abrazo enorme

  • Ok. 👍

  • Is 3am and I am laying here because I can’t sleep with this cold I have binge watching your videos. All your restorations are great and high quality. I hope you are a machinist by trade

  • The cold bluing I always find looks weird, it always looks like bad cgi to me, but I've seen it in real life and it looks the same.

    • Yeah it looks quite strange but pretty cool at the same time.

  • From start to finish on this project, you had a firm grasp on how this was going to look when you were done.


  • Wow, that was beautiful as it was. That would look great hanging on the wall of a log cabin or finished barn.

  • Magnifique bravo good job

  • Not sure why this relaxes me but it does.

  • Nicely done. Always good to see a good vice get a new lease on "life". That one should last at least another century or two. Are new jaws in the plans? Maybe a set of interchangeable "soft", "hard", and suitable for round stock?

  • exceptional 👏👏👏👍

  • I also have..... да ты русский

  • شكرا

  • Add powder coating to your shop and you will never paint anything again. I have done dozens of things in powder coat and they turn out beautiful with a cheap oven and a cheap powder gun.

  • This video is the real meaning of perfection 😍

  • Sehr schön gemacht, super, nur die Reibeflächen der Feder hätte ich mit gefetted denn wenn die Farbe weg ist quietscht es dort wieder...

  • I have a question, how many kilos is that ?

  • Хан Сяо хватит на Аквамарине сидеть, пора в космос

  • Your English is just fine. However, your art needs no language...or rather, it is its own language. Thanks...

  • Always the best

  • 👍

  • What is the grit size of the emery cloth that you used? Also, when tempering the jaws (video: 7 minutes 9 seconds), what temperature and colour did you heat them to and then did you allow jaws to air -cool slowly or did you quench jaws quickly in oil?

  • .. 😦 |

  • whats the long leg for in this vise?

    • This kind of vise is used for blacksmithing and other heavy metalwork. The leg takes all that strain and transfers it into the ground so the screw mechanism won't be damaged from being beaten and torqued on.

  • Super restauration bravo ! Petite question quel est la marque de votre sableuse ?

  • I literally can't sleep without ur vids even the old ones. Sooo good man!!

  • Nicest looking square nuts I’ve ever seem . Great video

  • Hold on, no Bondo to smooth everything out before painting? Is this an imposter?

  • 👍👍

  • Excellent work.

  • Excellent! Better than new. keep safe and stay well.

  • Tenho uma igualzinha... qual é o ano dela?

  • VERY interesting video clip. So, now I know how it's done !! Thanks for sharing !!

  • عاشت ايدك

  • I liked this one so much I listened to it a second time.

    • Thanks for watching, much appreciated

  • I feel like having the finnished product in the thumbnail sorta ruins the point of watching it take shape. Since you already know how it will look. Big fan regardless tho

  • Really this is amazing job.

  • 👍

  • Привет) Что это за жидкость ? Каторая метал делает черным ?

  • What grease do you use at 14:40? I see you using it in all your projects.

  • Consuta vende el tonillo porque lo compro

  • Perfect!!!

    • @my mechanics 😁👍🏼

    • Glad to hear that :-)

  • I’ve watched all your vids several times (they calm me) so I decided to try to watch another channel. I tried five. I had worse anxiety from them not cleaning/repairing certain parts and I ran back here.

  • apreciado caballero lo saludo desde Colombia de la ciudad Cali me gustan sus trabajos remodelación me imagino des pues los vende att un amigo mas

  • Ich liebe dissolvant de rouille MC-Area 51, kak vie opped to MC Hammer, omdat deze man een echte slageris, cuando desmonta elementos. However his restoration thereafter is superb.

  • Could you tell me the difference between this vise and a machinist bench vise ? I’ve seen both restored on ILaward and I can’t see a benefit of one over the other. Either way….it was a great restoration!

  • Просто покрасил и срезал батины тиски. 👎

  • fgs its a blacksmith vice not a engineering vice....its meant to be rough and tough, it dont matter if its jaws are upset...i own 9 of them given ive been a blacksmith for 20+ years LOL thanks for restoring it but like theres a lot of things that would be annoying to a smith...e.g the sharp teeth dents hot metal

  • That green is amazing!

  • Спасибо за перевод на Русский 👍👍👍

  • Are you for hire? 🤔

    • @my mechanics I left my tin snips in a leaky bin which filled with water and then froze solid. 🙄 they're all rusty and messed up now. Let me know if you're interested! Keep up the good work!

    • ;-)

  • Did you seal the deal with Ms. Mechanics by showing her you file collection? You did, didn't you? 😂

  • Закалить щечки кузнечных тисков - это полный идиотизм!

  • Most delightful to watch how an old tool come to life again. Very good job.

    • Thanks, I'm glad you like it :-)

  • Those are some big, chunky parts. Noice as always.

    • Yeah was my biggest project so far

  • You used a vice to hold a vice that your dissasembling.

  • Bellissimo restauro che puoi farlo soltanto se hai un' officina professionale

  • Your English is fine!! I can see it in your work. Your work is impeccable, you are an artist at your endeavors!!

  • It’s genuinely amazing that you’re able to work metal like this. It’s very different from your other content. I’m impressed!

  • Damn, this thing is ART.

  • Indeed, perfect restoration. That's what I like!

  • Hi there, great work as usual, I was wondering if you could expand on your bluing technique? For example how may layers do you generally apply? Thanks in advance.

  • You’re an artist, thanks

  • 👍💪🙂

  • Why would you show the end result in the thumbnail? Then there is no reason to watch the video.

    • @mac baar you would still want to see what the end result is, but if you know what it is already it's not satisfying or nice to watch.

    • Its how to get there....

  • Love the videos, but I don't understand your love for the file (tool). I use flap disk, way easier. Also, good files are hard to find in my region, so I use them only when really needed.

    • J Grimm - true.... but as Imam not paid to rush my projects I take my time... and collect experience... the bad the good and the ugly ones 😜🤣😂😂👍👍👍🤗🇨🇭

    • @mac baar True, the flap can be tricky, specially if you don't have light hands...

    • I use them to have the absolute control and feedback of the material I am working on....

  • Сразу видно мастер молотком по болту с резьбой бить,нет бы гайку накрутить,явно лайфхаки не смотрел нубик)

  • Satisfactorio👌🤚

  • I love your work! Could you share with me your sandblaster/air compressor setup? Thank you for these videos.

  • 1:09 you used the big wrench that you restored

  • What determines which parts you'll sandblast and which ones you won't?

  • This work is absolutely brilliant, but I would’ve just greased up that baby and rolled with it. 😂😎🍻

  • +

  • The words I hate to hear the most. “Ready to reassemble.” I know it’s coming to an end.

  • this was a nice one, thank you

  • Need to practice a lot more with that TIG...

  • what a beautiful thing

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  • I need you to make all of my tools, they would last several lifetimes!!! Great video!

  • There are a lot of company's and businesses that could benefit a lot from your quote "I make a new one" Where I work the employees use very outdated equipment

  • What does sandblasting actually do I’m confused

    • An air pressure system that literally air blasts some abrasive media at the object to remove the topmost layer of the object your blasting at- like rust or paint. The media can be sand, glass beads, walnut shells, etc. You have to be careful because the longer the nozzle is pointed at an area will remove more and more of the material in that area.

  • Very nice job on that post vise. Well done!

  • This is not a restoration. Most of that work was unnecessary and took all historical value out of the item.

  • Perfection, better than whey it came out of factory. How much hours or days do you spend restoring it?

  • All walk, no talk. Skill and artistry at its best.

  • The vise started out as something you would use for its intended purpose, to something that belongs in an art museum.

  • I think you have more than 1000 tools or even all the tools ever made.. 😇 love your work

  • Beautiful!

  • Wow great job......I would give $10-$15 bucks for that. 😂

  • Афигенно

  • What can I say, you know...