I just inherited my great grandfather's post vice and anvil. The post
vice has a stripped screw on the tightening mechanism. I want to
refurbish the vice. I thought about welding the threads on the male
portion of the screw, and filing to shape. Part of the problem is on
the female portion of the screw. It would be difficult to repair the
female portion. Any Ideas? Maybe some expert I could send the screw to
for refurbishment? I feel very lucky to have my great grandfathers
tools, and I want to be able to use them. Thanks..
Used to hang out there, just ignore the snooty ones, the rest
(most) are great! :)
You can-not explain the situation in too much detail, ok?
Alvin in AZ
ps- my grandma sold all that stuff with the farm without telling
anyone, just up and sold it all
Know anyone with a metal lathe?
Been there, done that, ended up with a completely different vice for my
Best bet is to get into a decent catalog or a well stocked Nut and Bolt
shop, and find a section of Acme threaded rod (acme is the name of the
type of thread) of similar diameter, and a matching nut. Cut a section
of rod to fit in place of the worn screw, weld it in, and have the nut
turned to fit into the old nut (suitably bored out, of course) and
welded in. Brand new matching threads. Way better than anything you
could do with a file in one lifetime, unless you are a filing magician.
If you have a decent scrap yard around, or friends in low places that
may be able to help you out, you could probably find a suitable section
of threaded rod on the cheap. I would bet, with a it of experimenting,
you could cast a workable nut around a section of the thread from brass
I was scrounging through scrap dealers yards looking for parts for just
such a rebuild on a not so old post vice, and came out with a pretty
rough Peter Wright post vice with a perfect screw and nut on it for $25.
Still have not welded the leg back together, but it's too nice to part
the screw off of. :-) Still have not fixed the other one, either.
Most of the guys I know that do any smithing at all, have hoards of
junk that they have gathered over the years. Often these piles will
include a fair selection of broken or worn tools. Know any smiths? Is
there an ABANA chapter around your area?
Told you r.c.m was a good place to go, there's one of the best
r.c.m'ers right there. Gather all the information you can then
do the job right the first time?
My sloppy way would be to make do with what I found at the scrap
yard or a friend's bone yard. :/
Alvin in AZ (no longer on r.c.m and not missed;)
I agree with other posters that the best way to go is to get a brand new
piece of acme threaded rod and a matching nut.
This company has been mentioned many times here:
. Acme Threaded Rod, And Nuts -One Source: Green Bay Mfg. Box 56 Two
Rivers, Wi 54241-0056 Phone (920) 793 2411 Fax (920) 793 4848 .
They will send you their catalog. They even sell squuare holes! (As in
"make your own hardy tool holder").
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