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#2 Emmert Patternmaker's Vise Restoration

Updated: Nov 27

11-6-2020 This is a #2 Emmert Patternmakers Vise with 5" x 14" jaws, and 1 set of bench dogs. We got this vise with a whole van load of Oliver parts from a dear friend of ours, Tom, in New Jersey.





You can't see this vise in the picture because Tom did such a fantastic job of boxing everything up! The vise in the photo is an Oliver Patternmakers vise, sorry for the gloat. The other pic has me in the middle (with pandemic beard), my son on the right and our friends Tom's transporter, Joe on the left. This little #2 Emmert Vise was already disassembled so there is not a "before" picture. We have another one of these little ones and we love it, so we are very excited to have another one. It has heavy coats of paint and needs to be restored, so here we go cleaning parts;


I don't know how to tell the age of these but these castings look older to me. The raised letters are a little weak and the main screw has buttress threads. On Oliver vises the buttress threads mean pre 1926, but I don't know if that applies to Emmerts. Cleaning parts is always sort of fun; it's during this part is where you find serial numbers or other markings that are hidden under those 12 coats of paint. Sometimes you also find old repairs like this one.




That is an old braze job that looks very good, I am just going to clean it up a little. So more cleaning and shellacing parts;

On this particular little beauty the hinge is frozen tight. No Bueno. I can see a small crack in the mounting plate too. The mounting plates are are often damaged on these old vises. I have had to replace a few of them in the past so I want to be careful. Instead of trying to loosen the hinge I am going to go ahead and remove the hinge pins. This is always a tad tedious. The way that I do it is to drill and tap into the hinge pin, add a cap screw and washer and then add spacers under the washer so I can tighten the screw and it will elevate the pin. They are not easy to get out any other way. Once the first one is out I can usually punch the other side out with a long punch.

They came out without too much trouble. One of the pins is bent so I will replace both of them. I will also have a friend, Aubrey, repair the plate. On small pieces he likes to use nickel rod, and he has crazy skills!

I'm going to clean that up a little and it will be great. I do these restorations to put things into service in our shop, so I am not trying to achieve museum quality but I always try to do very nice work. So the finish sequence that I am going to do is for step #1, shellac all the castings. Step #2 is to do all masking. Step #3 is to use a rattle can primer from Sherwin they call pro primer in the tall cans, its good stuff and saves a lot of time for small parts. Step #4 is final spray paint, in this case I'm using Sherwin industrial enamel, this can is from 2009 and looks like it has been through the war, with some hardener added. The vise is going to be black with white letters.



11-19-2020 Next is mounting this little beauty


Sure seems to be a lot of tools out! This is a 2 1/4" thick top and with the little vise there is a lot of stock removal to do. I call that little ole saw "Mighty Mouse" It was just ablout the right diameter, if used sideways. Kids do not try this at home...




It takes a minute to install one of these! Now all that's left to do is to get my son to turn a new handle. He is giving Cameron a turning lesson and using Jatoba for the handle.


11-20-2020 Done!


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