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TFrench

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I need to face facts and admit I don't have room for a bench that's going to fit this vice. Reproduction patternmaker vice - an awesome thing if you have a nice chunky bench to fit it to. Apologies for the terrible pics, having phone camera issues. The staining on the jaws is old glue, I assume from where the jaws have had a leather liner glued on at some point. I will clean it up this weekend. I think I have the PDF of how to mark your bench to fit it somewhere.
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I have one of these, an absolute steel given they have been out of stock for an age now. I may still have a copy of the install PDF on me if you can't find yours.
 

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@TFrench - that's quite a vice vice you've got there!
Enjoy the restoration - so satisfying.
Didn't realise I'd put that pic on - what I get for working off my phone! Its a patternmakers vice becuase it tilts, spins and rotates into any position you can think of. Patternmakers were the 5-axis machinists of their day, every face of a pattern is tapered and shaped so it comes out of a sand mould so a traditional square clamping vice would struggle to grip most of the things they were dealing with.
 

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I've been asked if I'll post, and yes I can. Approx cost £20 with TNT next day.
 

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My father was a Senior patternmaker. They called them the "Wooden Engineers" as they worked with wood to thousandths of an inch.

You had to be a Senior Draughtsman first to start being a Patternmaker. It was the Acme of the profession.

It all went pear shaped in the 70s when ship building ended on the Clyde.

He had to become a junior engineer in the merchant marine.

This is a picture of his last tour. He was, in this photo, the same age I am now, 55.

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His ship was Exocetted in the Shat al Arab in May '85.

He's still with us. 90 years old and still eating fried breakfasts.

I caught him frying a ham sandwich recently...
 
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