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Stanley # 744 (Victor Jersey) 2-5/16 Jaws and Custom Built Swivel Base. One of a kind

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 Product Description

This little Stanley 744 is definitely unique. It was originally a clamp-on vise that was built back in the 1930's.  My idea was to change the mounting from the clamp-on the bench style, to an easier to use and more versatile swivel base inspired by Chas Parker.  While the vise is small, the amount of work to bring it back ended up the same or even more than some of my bigger restorations. 

The new base is a three piece shoe brake design and was fairly easy to machine, for a 60 year old Toolmaker. The wrench ties into a wedge block to spread the two shoes to lock in on the base. I scaled down a Parker 204 swivel base and added another mounting tab so that it now has four. It is drilled and countersunk for a 1/4 inch flat head cap screw or flat head wood screws. I used a shoulder bolt to tie in the swivel base to the static jaw support.

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

Next, I focused on building the new handles.  I made the 7/16 round knob ends and peened them on to a 9/32 spindle handle. The handles are made from O-1 Tool Steel.  It's not the strongest material for handles, but was all I could find in 9/32 diameter.  It will work fine because I know the new owner will NOT use a pipe to tighten those baby jaws onto something.

I also tightened up the backlash by adding a .032 hard washer in front of the handle area on the spindle and added a block to the spindle nut pin to keep the nut from moving forward and backwards. You can see these additions in my pictures.

Painted with Rust-Oleum Hammered Deep Green.  This Victor Jersey (Stanley 744)  is now ready for years of faithful service for its new owner.

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:                                  6"

Height:                                   4-1/4"

Width at widest point:              3"

Handle Length:                        4-1/2"

Top of jaws to square slider:     1-1/2"

Weight:                                   5 lbs

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