garlicjimFebruary 28, 2012

I think it is a wood-working vise because it has leather strips glued to the jaws for protection.

The jaws appear to be lag-bolted between the base block and the lower face-plate. There is also a square piece of leather on the center of the faceplace. For what??

Total base, including the plate, is 4 1/2' by 5'.

The jaws are almost 7' tall and are loose enough on the lag bolts to move to the inside or outside.

The screw is metal and the handle looks like aluminum.

Just wonder what sort of animal I have here. How old it might be, or anything else you might be able to share.

Many thanks,


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It's a thingey for clamping something that needs a gentle touch.
Wood workers and other craftsmen (and women) are very good at making something that fills the bill for what they need perfectly.
No idea how old....the evidence of wear will tell you that. But I believe it was something made for a specific purpose....

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 8:59PM
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As Linda said: It's a home-made clamp for something the clamp user didn't want to scratch.

The size will set certain limits on what would have been clamped ... perhaps small veneered box tops?

    Bookmark   February 29, 2012 at 5:25PM
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Its a home made wood worker's clamp. General purpose use one being to clamp pieces together while the glue dries.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 3:59AM
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It's a carpenters door stand..A door is turned over horizontal then one end is slipped into that stand to hold it vertical while the carpenter mortises the hinges.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 8:15PM
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Here is an illustration I just made to show you how its used, Although they do commercially make door jacks, generally each carpenter makes his own so there can be all different variations in the design.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 8:42PM
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Thanks, Pup! Makes perfect sense to me. Probably of no particular value, then, unless it's really old. If the screw was wood, that would be a different story.



    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 8:23AM
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