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    Default Can't find replacement Vise Jaws

    I have recently bought a machinist vise on a swivel base at an auction. The vise came with custom made oversized aluminium soft jaws. I have looked around and it would seem the standard Bolt Center Distance is 3.875". However my vise is closer to 4.2". Does anyone know where I can find some jaws for my vise?

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    You might draw a sketch and have a PM guy make you a set.

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    Or make your own.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDegenhart View Post
    Or make your own.

    Tom
    Cut a piece of bar stock, drill a couple of holes.. put it in a vise and tap the holes...
    Oh wait, cant do that, the vise don't work because of missing jaws.............darn.

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    Its a vise. Use it to make some jaws. Not like you are going to ruin anything on the vise - assuming you don't clamp down on chips or the like.

    A good thing to get used to when you want to own oddball stuff - replace the "find" concept with "make"

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnoder View Post
    A good thing to get used to when you want to own oddball stuff - replace the "find" concept with "make"
    I'm having flashbacks to that guy who wanted to set up screw machines to make his own "high quality, high strength" onesie-twosie bolts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDegenhart View Post
    Or make your own.

    Tom
    Making a set of vise jaws is about as simple as it can get. I've made a variety of specialty jaws for every vise (5) in the shop. The last time I made some I cut extra blanks for future use.

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    Vise jaws need be set true to the jaw pocket bottom. If the vise is threaded the bolt holes can be some oversized so the jaw may be knocked down tight.
    If the thread is in the jaw then the vise holes are a little big so again the jaw can seat at the bottom.
    Often a little bevel is at the bottom inside corner, perhaps 1/16 x 45*

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