Huge Rusty Leg Vise - Perfect Restoration

  • Published on Jun 15, 2019
  • In this video i'm restoring a very old Blacksmith Leg Vise.
    My friend has found this blacksmith leg vise at the junkyard. It is huge and and very heavy, over 43kg. I really liked the size of it, the very long handle and the design from the spindle and the spring, that's why I decided to restore it and make a video about it. I think this vise is around 100 years old.
    What I first expected to be a simple straight foraward project turned out to be a very tricky one. After cleaning up the two big pieces with the jaws I noticed that they don't close parallel. When the jaws touched eachother on the right side, they had a 2.5mm gap on the left side. To get this restoration done properly I decided to machine them. I made an aluminium plate to clamp the vise on the milling machine. To mill the structure of the rough jaws I bought two carbide milling plates and let them customize by grinding certain angles to them. The milling worked very well and I'm very happy how the jaws turned out. After the milling I did harden and temper them again.
    As the holes and countersinks from the heart shaped part were very small and rough, I drilled bigger holes and made the countersinks bigger and clean for 10mm screws. I did recut the threads with a threading file, because I didn't had this threading die size.
    I just cleaned up the spindle with files and emery cloth, removed scrateches and sharp edges.
    The nut had a groove in it at the end, I closed it with TIG welding and turned the welding spots clean on the lathe. I sanded the rest with emery cloth and cleaned it up with a file.
    I decided to mill the rectangluar washer clean, because it was very wavy and had an overall rough shape.
    While I was recutting the threads from the two square nuts, I realized that they were slanted. For that reason I decided to make new ones.
    I bent the spring symmetrical and grinded the very rough shape clean on the belt grinder.
    After cleaning up all the parts I did sandblast them, made them black with bluing liquid and painted them with a dark green hammertone paint. After the reassembly I realized that the vise looks very dark overall with the dark green and all the black parts, so I would definitely choose a brighter colour for next time to achieve a nicer contrast. Besides that I'm very happy how this project turned out. My friend who allowed me to use his milling machine to remake the jaws was very fascinated by this leg vise and he really liked it, I'm going to give it to him after the restoration.
    I hope you like my work and the video.
    Huge thank you to all of my Patreon and PayPal supporters and specially to:
    Mike Rogsch
    Scott Meola
    john ortega
    Joel Zwahlen
    Andrei Sitnikov
    Mathias Lincke
    Micky McKay
    Alan Hanson
    Alex Roussos
    Dan Williams
    Joan Casanovas
    Joel Miller
    John Romero
    Jonathan Heckerman
    Paul Mampilly
    SA Graver
    Vince Valenti
    Zachary Grimes

    00:00 preview
    00:40 disassembling
    01:24 showing all the parts
    01:31 cleaning the parts with the parts washer
    01:51 removing rust with MC-51
    02:26 restoring the fix jaw
    03:00 restoring the movable jaw
    03:43 testing the jaws
    04:02 sandblasting the fix and movable jaw
    04:37 soften the hardened jaws
    04:50 preparing to mill the jaws
    05:19 machining the rough jaws on the milling machine
    06:59 harden and temper the jaws
    07:20 restoring the heart shaped holding plate
    08:01 restoring the spindle with the handle
    08:48 restoring the nut
    09:55 restoring the holding plate for the spindle
    10:16 restoring the rectangular washer
    10:47 making two new square nuts
    11:41 restoring the spring
    12:20 sandblasting
    13:02 making the parts black with bluing liquid
    13:42 painting the parts with hammertone dark green
    14:19 showing the restored blots and nut and custom washers
    14:31 showing all the parts before reassembling
    14:37 reassembling
    15:58 showing the finished product
    16:54 final test

    Time and costs of this restoration:
    I was working on this project over 3,5 weeks
    $80 milling tools
    $200 customizing the milling tools

    My camera:
    Panasonic HC-V180

    If you have any questions about the process, machines i'm using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.
    Sorry for my bad english, it's not my language. I try my best to improve my technical english.
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Comments • 2 162

  • Terrol Axelor
    Terrol Axelor 18 hours ago

    Why not sand blast from the beginning? Wouldn't that have removed all the rust as well?

  • Phenom Menon
    Phenom Menon 19 hours ago

    Holy crap, is that literally how they have to make the jaws rough?

  • You know that or not

    Now that is a PERFECT restoration, I m a mechanic myself, just a wonderfull job!

  • bku1961
    bku1961 3 days ago


  • Ryan McMahon
    Ryan McMahon 3 days ago

    Hmm, this part is slightly imperfect...

  • Erik Popovič
    Erik Popovič 4 days ago +1

    Does somebody knows a Brand of that green milling vise in the backround at 6:20 ? Thanks

  • Bernardo Agnoletto
    Bernardo Agnoletto 4 days ago

    What is the purpose of this bluing liquid? I have never seen something like that before

  • Tony
    Tony 6 days ago

    Using a vice to take apart a vice, nice!

  • Red Flag Productions

    Nice nuts!

  • Don
    Don 7 days ago

    HEY MR. SWITZERLANDDDDD ITSS MEEE MR ISRAELLL!! I was gone a while but im back to support. Had a hick up in life there. TOLD YOU, YOU WOULD BE FAMOUS FROM DAY 1 I TOLD YOU!!!

  • Jonny Oates
    Jonny Oates 7 days ago

    I might be completely wrong here, but isn't this more of a renovation then a restoration? By taking the original makers marks away and replacing old for new parts that have worked for years, it's not the same tool. I'm new to this channel, and I hope this isn't a common thing.

  • WhO tOoK mY fUcKiNg brEaD

    13:20 am I lagging

  • [MF10] MikeTheFolfy10
    [MF10] MikeTheFolfy10 10 days ago

    Fantastic! 👌🏽💙

  • Don Averel
    Don Averel 11 days ago

    great work,

  • Working class Hero 72
    Working class Hero 72 11 days ago

    Great Video I will have to watch it again.

  • Jon Farrell
    Jon Farrell 13 days ago

    Now that’s a proper restoration

  • Belgin Turner
    Belgin Turner 13 days ago

    I m surprised you borrowed some tools from your friend, because it seems like you actualy have pretty much everything. Very very good tools.

  • Ornella Caporaletti
    Ornella Caporaletti 13 days ago

    He's using a vise to hold a vise. Wouldn't it be funny that the vise being hold held another (smaller) vise?

  • K.A. V.
    K.A. V. 14 days ago +1

    Очередной шедевр👍
    Что за кислота делает металл темным?

    • Vados
      Vados 13 days ago

      Это средство для воронения стали

  • Donna Di Meo
    Donna Di Meo 14 days ago

    Amazing job!

  • iceman metalcutter
    iceman metalcutter 15 days ago

    What country is the author from?

  • iceman metalcutter
    iceman metalcutter 15 days ago

    no need to remove traces of factory castings, otherwise what a restoration!

  • Fernando Nogueira
    Fernando Nogueira 15 days ago

    🎥 Nice job 🎬 ! _ Congratulations! 👍 🇧🇷

  • Hairil Anwar
    Hairil Anwar 16 days ago

    wow... Kereeen 👍👍👍👍

  • Suitov
    Suitov 16 days ago +1

    Beautiful work. I enjoy the dark Hammerite metallic paints. And, as usual, your attention to detail makes me very happy.

  • romanpoet22004
    romanpoet22004 17 days ago

    Whoa...was that a magic brush?

  • Kevin Jackson
    Kevin Jackson 17 days ago

    This man doesn’t like sharp edges, I remove them😀😀😀

  • onitramt77
    onitramt77 17 days ago

    Great Job. I love the look of this vise!

  • John Blanton
    John Blanton 19 days ago


  • John Jude
    John Jude 19 days ago

    You do beautiful work, Show lots of respect for tooling
    Great watching your video

  • らーりるれろー
    らーりるれろー 19 days ago


  • TheMANuscript
    TheMANuscript 20 days ago +2

    Dude you've got huge biceps. No wonder you're throwing these vise pieces around so easy

  • Zack Storm
    Zack Storm 22 days ago

    I love restoration because it’s recycling and improving old things instead of making new ones. I guess I’m curious if it’s a cost effective process (I imagine the majority of the large tools you use frequently have had their use spread out over time).

  • Keith Sinter
    Keith Sinter 23 days ago

    Minor detail but it would have been better to either blacken or polish the part of the vice, where it comes into contact with the spring. The paint will be in vein ath this spot ;P

  • Shawn A. M
    Shawn A. M 23 days ago

    "I'm sorry sir, your son must have have been playing near the road and was hit by a car, he will live but we had to remove his left arm... "
    Mr mechanics- "I make new one"

  • 胡守海
    胡守海 24 days ago

    Can I forward this video? Show it to others. enjoy

  • Jürgen Burberg
    Jürgen Burberg 24 days ago

    Es ist eine Freude, Ihnen zuzusehen! Und alles an Werkzeug da, was man braucht: Fräser, Drehbank, Hobelmaschine, Polier- und Schleifbock, Sandstrahlkabine usw. usw. Wahnsinn! Ich bin zutiefst begeistert! 👍👍👍😊

  • bluetiger
    bluetiger 25 days ago

    You deserve a medal

  • Алексей Заватров

    Я один не понимаю зачем он покрывает резьбовые соединения смазкой? Защита от ржавчины? Так патинирование защищает от окисления. Зачем?

  • John Barlow
    John Barlow 26 days ago

    I'm not hating because I love your content. But what is the purpose of removing all sharp edges? The vice was made with those sharp edges so why alter them?

  • Thomas Alexander
    Thomas Alexander 27 days ago

    Incredible work :)

  • Antonio Robles
    Antonio Robles 27 days ago

    The bluing liquid at 13:02 does something apart from dying the metal?

  • andre prasetyo
    andre prasetyo 28 days ago

    vintage green, i really like that colour.

  • jeffy jeffs
    jeffy jeffs 28 days ago

    0:27 thanks, I hate it!

  • Janko Walski
    Janko Walski 28 days ago

    Bardzo dobra robota . Kolor również dobrze dobrany . Większość imadeł kowalskich była malowana na czarno i nikt nie dbał kiedyś o względy estetyczne . Wybacz ale oksyda - brunira na zimno nie jest trwała .

  • Peter Koperdan
    Peter Koperdan 29 days ago

    I just realized what this dude's real life job could be. He could be a gunsmith. With his skills he could create probably any gun from scratch.

  • Michael Pitaniello
    Michael Pitaniello 29 days ago

    Underrated episode. This was way more in depth than I was expecting; absolute respect for how much care you give to all of these tools!

  • radek borsky
    radek borsky Month ago

    why did you blue particularly these parts and not other?

  • eros cavallaro
    eros cavallaro Month ago

    bel lavoro di lima, attrezzo dimenticato...
    grande invidia per la tua attrezzatura. bravo!

  • lu kA
    lu kA Month ago

    Your tig welding is gonna brake down faster than the original one. Give more amper

  • Yoseph Bailey
    Yoseph Bailey Month ago

    B E E G W R E N CH

  • Вася Красавчик

    Чуваки, надо стабилизировать картинку. Крупные планы дрожат, что смотреть невозможно.

  • Laevoth
    Laevoth Month ago

    318 edges' careers were ended because of this video.

  • Алена Белоусова

    Что за нах
    Голубая водичка делает железо черным? Что это? Как?

    • PupsiK
      PupsiK 29 days ago


  • Bruce Laister
    Bruce Laister Month ago +1

    You know what's amazing. It makes no difference that this channel could be in any language!
    No would necessary when you are so awesome!

  • mortadha ben
    mortadha ben Month ago

    Please can you restore my life if it's possible??.

  • Robert D
    Robert D Month ago

    A work of art. Impressive.

  • НаБоР бУКв

    Нормальные тиски были, взял всё запорол. Во даёт...

  • Chris Jung
    Chris Jung Month ago

    It’s not restoration!
    It’s creation!

  • Art Che
    Art Che Month ago +1

    один из лучших каналов этой тематики.полный процесс восстановления вещей.очень круто.