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Chas Parker #22, 3-5/8 Custom jaws. Custom built swivel base.

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  • Cleaned up anvil and horn.
  • hand made wrench.
  • 1144 Cold Formed handle. Tuff stuff. If you bend this handle then the vise is cracked some where.
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  • All the custom parts I made for the swivel base.
  • You can see my mistake on the angle. I missed calculating the lock angle.
  • Custom made Shoulder Bolt.
  • Custom made nut lock, just a little bit loose so the spindle miss-match will not cause any wear.
  • Colorful jaws.
  • Catalog page showing original look.
  • Swivel base under side.
  • Can you see the Al/Bronze washer.
  • Building the base from a CRS plate.
$400.00
Shipping:
$77.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

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 Product Description

I picked up this Chas Parker #22 without the lock down handle and the swivel plate that clamps underneath your workbench (see an image of an ad for the original above). This swivel clamp method was typical in the late 1800's, and makes this vise a real piece of history.  It turned out to be the perfect vise for me to fabricate my first Parker-type swivel base.  That was just the first step...

I used a 954 base as an example, then scaled it down to fit the #22 static jaw support.  I added another foot to it, making it a four footed swivel base, and plugged four holes from the previous owner who used the holes to clamp the vise to his bench. I fabricated a 5/8 hex lock down, then installed a thin spiral external retaining ring to keep the custom made wrench from falling off.  The wrench is made from O-1 tool steel and not heat treated.  I finished the wrench by cutting Parker's name in to the handle.

There is one mistake involving the angle I cut on the brake shoes that lock down the base.  I decided to leave it alone because it works fine, and unless taken apart, will never be seen.  You can see for yourself what I mean in an image above.  It's now definitely a one of a kind vise.  70+ years from now the new owners will be puzzled.

I made a new set of precision jaws that are stronger than the originals, but maintain the signature Parker design.  Not easy to make and take hours to fit properly.  The original jaws were a good soft steel, but nothing like the A2 tool steel I use. These 56 Rockwell A2 steel jaws will last another lifetime.  All fitting is done with a surface grinder and a sine vise. Back in the day, Parker used custom made form cutters mounted on a gang horizontal mill, then hand fitted to each vise. 

Parker designed their jaws with casting mass underneath to hold up in case a hammer strike missed it's mark, but using a hammer close to the jaws is still not a good idea.

I also made a new handle and knobs. The original was damaged and needed replacing. The knobs are heated and peened in place for a permanent install. The set screw and brass plug, which is used to apply pressure to the handle so it does not slide down and pinch your fingers, was replaced with a 1/4 ball bearing. Works great.

I removed a stack of SS washers to tighten up the backlash, and replaced it with an Alumin Bronxe washer.  It has oil grooves machined in the face to capture grease which makes it easier to open and close the dynamic jaw support.

The vise was stripped of all old paint, wired wheeled and the anvil was surface ground flat. I did not have to remove much material, but I suggest using a soft or light hammer, since it is cast material.  The horn is a good tool to bend thin metal with, but again not a good idea to hit it hard. 

Vintage vise restorations are opportunities to revive the stories of the past, respect classic design, and showcase the modern craftsmanship and best practices of now to improve and prolong performance.  This one of a kind Chas Parker 22 is meant for a special buyer. It should serve another 100+ years, and be a real conversation piece

I figured shipping from past experience, so I estimate $1 per pound for shipping.  You can contact me and we can talk about shipping choices other then UPS, if you like.

Any questions?  Contact Kevin at this e-mail address:  mountainproduct@gmail.com 

Specs:

Length:                                       15"

Width:                                          7-1/2"

Height:                                         8"

Jaw Dimensions:                        3-5/8 x 1-1/4 tall

Top of jaw to square slider:      3-1/4"

Weight                                        42 lbs    Shipping weight is 50lbs

 

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