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Athol #4 (1-9/16 Jaws) with a Custom Built Swivel Base. Only One Like it.

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 Product Description

Athol vises, whether small or large are built with quality and attention to detail.  For instance, every Athol I have seen has buttress threads on their lead screws, which is the strongest thread for clamping. The only other vise I have seen with buttress threads was a Record woodworkers vise.  I mention this because starting a restoration and redesign on something so well made in the first place is a big plus. 

The picture of when I first picked up this tiny vise shows that it was a clamp-on and built back in the late 1800's. Clamp-ons are not as popular now, so this was a perfect vise for an updated redesign featuring a swivel base.  

This 1-9/16 jaw width vise is small, but the amount of work to bring it back was not.  I started with a  Chas Parker brake shoe type swivel base design.  I scaled this one down to 2-1/4 swivel base width at the static/base mating area.  The swivel base will spin 360 degrees and lock down tight.  I tied in the base to the static jaw support with a shoulder bolt. These machined parts are so tiny but work as well as the big guys do. I even made a small 1/4 hex wrench which ties into a wedge block to spread the two shoes to lock in on the base when clamping. 

I made two pair of custom serrated and smooth hard jaws (56 R/C).  They are finish ground flat and square.  I had to cut the jaw pockets to accept these new 1-9/16 jaws. When I started restoring this vise I saw the jaws faces were not in very good condition and this vise did have the hard cast in jaws.  I set the vise up in my CNC Milling machine and machined the jaw pockets with a ledge that would support the new jaws, then drilled and tapped 6:32 threads for the short head cap screws. 

Next, I focused on building new handles.  I also made the 7/16 round knob ends and peened them on to a 1/4 spindle handle. The handles are made from 1144 cold formed CRS.  It's the best material for handles, in my opinion. Click Here if you want to read how I build handles.

Painted with Flat Black Engine paint.  This Athol #4 is now ready for years of solid service.  Or shucks, have it sitting on your desk and it will be a great conversation piece, since it's a piece of history small enough to fit in your palm of your hand.

Shipping will be through USPS and will fit in a Medium Flat Rate Box.

The shipping price is $15 and included in the price.

More questions?  Contact Kevin:  mountainproduct@gmail.com 

Length:                                  5-1/2"

Height:                                   3-3/8"

Width at widest point:              2-3/8"

Handle Length:                        3-1/2"

Top of jaws to square slider:     1-3/8"

Weight:                                   5 lbs

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