View Poll Results: What color should i paint my historic vise.

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  • Red of the Canadian flag

    5 50.00%
  • White ...well white is white.

    1 10.00%
  • Blue......it would be Royal blue not that iam a Royalist

    3 30.00%
  • Black...welll black is black

    0 0%
  • Green.....I am not sure what green?

    1 10.00%
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Thread: A piece of Canadiana for my new Bench

  1. #1
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    A piece of Canadiana for my new Bench

    Well I was given a piece of Canadian history it appears, by one of my very first Canadian friends. His Dad used to do woodworking and he had a whole shop once upon a time. He had kept the vise and decided that my shop and me would be the best place to have it preserved.

    Its a Richards Wilcox vise made in London (Ontario I guess) (Arts town) patented in 1913.

    So I used the good old Evapo Rust to clean it up and boy it did a nice job. All without scouring.

    Now i intend to shine it up and paint it. So I have been thinking given the national colors are red and white and I dont really care for white I thought i would paint it red where it should be painted.

    Wish I could find some history on it. Hey Bill Lantry maybe you could help me out with one of your great search methods, I have tried the obvious that is name of the vise and woodworkers bench vice etc with the name.

    Anyhow to involve ya all in this painting decision i thought a poll would be in order. I dont promise to follow the outcome but sure would be interested to have your input.

    Oh an another thing can you give me some advice on how to finish it. I have the rust off and its bare at present. Where should i go from here with rattle can type spray products?

    Here are the pictures of my new piece of history that i being sentimental will cherish for the rest of my life.


    Meant to add a note to Stu this is to make you homesick. (LOL)

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    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 07-10-2009 at 11:51 AM. Reason: add
    cheers

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    Looks like a very sturdy vise - similar to the older Wiltons.

    Not one of your choices, but I'd paint it machinery grey. That's likely the color it was originally. Put some nice wood jaws on it.

    It'll likely do you for a lifetime, and then your estate can pass it on to yet another generation!
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

  3. #3
    Rob,
    I'd just put a few good coats of butchers wax on it - it looks good as is!

    Wes

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    I thought Larry and I took that when we were over there I like Wes's Idea Rob, just wax is, it does look good as is

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    I agree with the others, unless you want to jazz it up, just leave as is. Wax to preserve. I didn't vote.

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    Aw you spoilers I can see you are not married to the Canadian red like I am.
    cheers

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    the blue could be the blue from the labat's label...
    benedictione omnes bene

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    the blue could be the blue from the labat's label...
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Aw you spoilers I can see you are not married to the Canadian red like I am.
    You are to be complimented for your patriotism.
    I'm an unabashed flag waving American. But, in truth, I would never consider painting my bench vise red/white/blue.
    OTOH, whatever floats yer stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wes Bischel View Post
    Rob,
    I'd just put a few good coats of butchers wax on it - it looks good as is!

    Wes
    Rob I agree with Wes, you've done such a good job cleaning it that I'd leave it like that.

    As per the canadiand flag and your patriotism what about a maple leaf ( because it is a maple leaf what is on the flag isn't it) made out of redwood inlaid on your bench top?
    Best regards,
    Toni

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