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Completely Stuck Vise - Restoration

  • Published on Nov 21, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • In this video I'm restoring a very small rusty and deadlocked Gressel bench vise. Its jaws are just 80mm wide. My friend has found this tiny vise on the steel waste and I thought this would be cool for a video.
    On first sight it was only seized and had some additional holes. When disassembling I also quickly realized that something on the half round part was not right and after sandblasting I also saw pretty deep damages near the jaws. To disassemble the movable jaw I quickly made a tool to open the vise. There's also a video about that on my second channel „my mechanics insights“, link below.
    I closed the two additional holes with slight press fit plugs and closed the gap with welding. After filing the welds flush the two holes completely disappeared.
    There was a bit of a mess with the threads at the half round part, so I decided to close them all with very tight press fitted plugs and cut two new M4 threads. That worked very well and these plugs will never ever come out again.
    On the other deep damages I decided to weld up new material with cast iron stick welding rod. That was my very first time stick welding. Was a bit tricky to get used to it, but the end result turned out very well. I was able to file and sand all surfaces perfectly clean afterwards.
    I decided to paint this vise in a nice red (RAL3011) with white highlights on the lettering.
    As the spindle only had very little rust, I was able to clean it very nicely with rust remover, wire brush, some sandpaper and Scotch Brite.
    For the remaining parts I first removed the deep pitting, removed the sharp edges, recut the threads and then sandblasted them to remove the remaining rust and make a nice and even texture on the sanded surfaces. To darken all these parts I used the method of hot bluing.
    As the rough pattern of the jaws were in pretty good condition I decided to restore them. After a night in the rust remover and a bit of wire brushing the jaws already looked pretty good. I also had to bend them as they were a bit out of shape. As they're just case hardened this worked very well. Then I sanded all the surfaces clean, chamfered all edges and applied cold bluing to darken them.
    In the end I'm very happy how this little bench vise has turned out. In my opinion the red looks very nice together with the black steel parts and the shiny sanded surfaces and the white details of the lettering are just the cherry on top.
    I hope you like my work and the video.
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Comments • 2 841

  • Edo
    Edo 10 days ago +2614

    My theory is that the earth is round because My Mechanics removed all the sharp edges

    • Jon Howell
      Jon Howell Hour ago

      @Riordan Henry That's a great idea! I'm gonna make a Chuck-style comment on every future MM video. :)

    • M
      M 10 hours ago

      @Subramaniam Lakshminarayanan actually the earth is smoother than a cue ball.

    • JH Jeon
      JH Jeon 22 hours ago


    • Andrew Calvert
      Andrew Calvert Day ago

      @Doge Wisdom cringe indeed, are you of the level variety 😉

    • Doge Wisdom
      Doge Wisdom Day ago


  • David Rose
    David Rose 2 days ago +26

    I have a seven year old daughter who has previously never shown any interest in mechanics or engineering, but she adores your videos. We both sit and watch them together after school; I think you have inspired a future engineer!
    Great work as always.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  2 days ago +6

      Nice to hear that, thank you very much :-)

  • Jill Davies
    Jill Davies 10 days ago +528

    I am a lady in her mid-seventies with no interest or aptitude in engineering or mechanics, but oh! how I love to watch you repair these damaged tools and restore them to a state of beauty and a second life. I particularly enjoy it when you make a tool to help you solve some problem. I am so impressed by the filming and editing of your projects. Your work is far superior to that of any other restoration channel. Thank you for the pleasure it has given me over the years.

    • John Walker
      John Walker Hour ago


    • Jim Cheseborough
      Jim Cheseborough Hour ago

      @John Walker ok 👍

    • John Walker
      John Walker Hour ago +1

      @Jim Cheseborough be cool dawg

    • Omega Diving Academy
      Omega Diving Academy 2 hours ago

      @Subramaniam Lakshminarayanan The point is not to just make a nice ornament for a shelf somewhere. It is like saying you only use rubber o-rings instead of nitrile since nitrile did not exist in 1920 when the resto object was first manufactured. The tools he rebuilds are not for antique purposes but for use. Watch his videos and see how many he has used in other projects.

    • John Walker
      John Walker 2 hours ago

      @Winjin You nailed it.

  • Rob Cantor
    Rob Cantor 10 days ago +281

    What is maybe not so immediately obvious to your viewers is that you are as meticulous and precise with your videography and editing as you are with your machining. It's a joy to see someone who takes so much pride in getting it exactly right. Thanks for all you do.

    • Adam Rath
      Adam Rath 2 days ago +2

      Yes! And the amount of precise measurements/dimensions he must take in order to make his own parts. That can’t be simple, yet for our sake it’s just “I make a new one”!

    • Buffy Star
      Buffy Star 6 days ago

      Bro ur username 😳👀👁👁

    • Mariusz Dziewulski
      Mariusz Dziewulski 7 days ago +1

      how you do anything is how you do everything

    • Jim Cheseborough
      Jim Cheseborough 9 days ago +1

      @Caveman Hikes immediately obvious

    • Jim Cheseborough
      Jim Cheseborough 9 days ago +1

      It's immediately obvious

  • rdjess
    rdjess 11 days ago +1541

    You’ve done more for Gressel vise sales than any advertising they’ve done in the last 100 years 😂

    • Arcadia Green
      Arcadia Green 9 days ago +1

      See you all again in 2 years for another one

    • Waldorf Von Muppet
      Waldorf Von Muppet 9 days ago

      So true 👍

      GRESSEL AG 10 days ago +3

      Such a good product we don't need to advertise 😉

    • Frankie Rzucek
      Frankie Rzucek 10 days ago +1

      Agreed. I would have never known them without MM lol

    • rasmid tan
      rasmid tan 10 days ago +2

      i would love to buy one only if its available in my country

  • GermanNightmare1976
    GermanNightmare1976 4 hours ago +2

    I love the vise's history you've uncovered with the broken-off drill bit stuck in it. Great video as always. ♥
    (Fixed for misspelling vise)

  • Hermise Jasper
    Hermise Jasper Day ago +4

    Great to see a real restoration video not a faked one as the vice shows signs of weathering impossible to recreate without waiting many years. Amazing work keep up the great work

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Day ago +2

      I'd like to bring rusty tools back to life. Letting it rust first just to make a video would make no sense to me. Thank you

  • UberDjo
    UberDjo 2 days ago +2

    Ah, AH ! Finally something wrong i spotted on this channel ! Not wearing welding gloves on welding ! :O Your videos are like candies for me, thanks for your great work !

  • Ahmed El Monawir
    Ahmed El Monawir 10 days ago +151

    Your channel is often imitated but never bettered. Your work is head and shoulders above anyone and anywhere else.
    You take a decades old piece of junk and make it better than brand new; you turn it into art!
    Your skill, attention to detail and pursuit of perfection make you the very best and I await your videos probably more than any other on Clip-Share. Please keep amazing us with your work!

    • Sneakydevil45
      Sneakydevil45 4 days ago +2

      @my mechanics I will say, you have ruined restoration videos for me. I simply cannot enjoy them if they are not as attention to detail as yours is now😮‍💨

    • Dirge Media
      Dirge Media 10 days ago +14

      yes all other restoration channels are gangster until My Mechanics releases a new video....

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  10 days ago +25

      Thank you very much, I really do appreciate it :-)

  • Lindon Watson
    Lindon Watson Day ago +1

    I didn't think possible, but aspects of the filming and editing of this video where amazing, overall 12/10

  • Zilege
    Zilege Day ago +1

    Wow didn't expect that drill bit broken inside. That takes some skill getting something like that out. 😅

  • FrenchFrysz669
    FrenchFrysz669 10 hours ago

    Thank you for your content, I was very exited when I seen a new " my mechanics" video!
    Top notch work Sir! You are excellent at what you do.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  8 hours ago +1

      Thanks for watching, much appreciated

  • farmsidney
    farmsidney 2 days ago +1

    I am amazed by your work. Very delicate and careful with the smallest parts. I try to learn as much as possible as I have some parts in need of restoration. But just watching the video makes me satisfied.

  • Raymond Bangma
    Raymond Bangma 3 days ago +3

    Beyond superior. Masterful. Exceedingly enjoyable seeing you do your craft. I'll call it art.

  • Kye Tes.
    Kye Tes. 2 days ago +2

    I have a nerve condition that makes me light sensitive & THANK YOU for taking the time to edit the welding portions to not have flashing lights.

  • Crystormy
    Crystormy 2 days ago +1

    Hello my mechanics! I have a question. Why do you sometimes use blueing liquid; and other times you use quenching and dipping in oil?. Is there a criteria for using one or the other?
    I love your restoration videos; you are the best ❤

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  2 days ago +1

      Here's a video I made about bluing: clip-share.net/video/5Sty5upsadY/video.html

    • Vickie Bligh
      Vickie Bligh 2 days ago

      MM has a video about bluing on his 2nd channel.

  • J B
    J B 18 hours ago +1

    Seriously impressive. I wouldn't have the patience.

  • wont
    wont Day ago +2

    A literal perfect restoration as usual

  • Brittany Lynn
    Brittany Lynn Day ago +1

    The tool you made is so cool. Great thinking and creation! 😁👍🏻

  • André Araujo
    André Araujo 4 hours ago

    Again I'm SO pleased with you work. Thank you so much. ❤️

  • Cam'ron Diplomats

    Давно тебя не было на канале....рад что ты с нами....спасибо за проделанную хорошую работу

  • David Martin
    David Martin 11 days ago +280

    I watch tons of restoration videos from all sorts of different Clip-Sharers, but somehow yours always end up just being on another level. Not that the others are lacking in any way, yours are just the best.
    The editing, the production, the quality of the finished product, etc…
    I’ve also noticed that you keep the always seem to know precisely how long to show us each of the repetitive steps like filing, sanding, sand blasting each part, etc. so that we get the idea without it getting boring. Even though you may spend 10 minutes or something sandblasting a part, we only see a few seconds. I appreciate it as a viewer.

    • SalatSchnitzel
      SalatSchnitzel 10 days ago

      @my mechanics your editing and cutting skill are pretty good :)

    • thw7five
      thw7five 10 days ago +1

      Without question. These are the finest resto videos on Clip-Share.

    • Robert Lassiter
      Robert Lassiter 10 days ago

      I concur! Well said.

    • ody vinty*
      ody vinty* 10 days ago +3

      @Perinne bruh

    • Ruboka
      Ruboka 10 days ago +3

      @ThanenJ I am not alone with this feeling :'D

  • willieckaslike
    willieckaslike 2 days ago +1

    Beautiful result, Sir. Thanks for sharing !

  • Andrew Lloyd
    Andrew Lloyd Day ago +1

    After watching a bunch of your videos, I suspect you might actually be a wizard. Also thank you for no music.

  • Eliezer Weinbach
    Eliezer Weinbach 10 days ago +71

    Watching you remove that broken drill bit was the most satisfying thing I’ve seen in a long time.

    • Trap Johnson
      Trap Johnson 5 days ago

      @Florida Man *shudders* u right tho

    • Moshe Sheckel
      Moshe Sheckel 8 days ago

      I watched my room mate masturbate when she thought she was alone... that was pretty satisfying.

    • cybertree
      cybertree 8 days ago +1

      Or when the vice finally gave way with a satisfying "bang" 1:38 😌

    • Florida Man
      Florida Man 9 days ago +4

      Like popping a metal pimple!

  • Rrenato P
    Rrenato P 2 days ago +1

    Que trabalho incrível, ficou simplesmente lindo !

  • David B
    David B 11 days ago +306

    You aren't demonstrating restorations; you're demonstrating a way of working. Clarity of thought, mindfulness in process, and quality of output. You'd be surprised how often your videos have affected my life in completely unrelated situations.

    • Nite Hawk
      Nite Hawk 8 days ago

      Eliminating flaws of the original design too...

    • Mathew Weissinger
      Mathew Weissinger 8 days ago +1

      This channel has made me a better design engineer for sure.

    • eltoncezar
      eltoncezar 8 days ago +4

      apply your absolute best in every smallest detail, even in the ones that nobody will notice. because you do it for you, to know you gave everything you could, not for others to enjoy or criticize.

    • Cat
      Cat 8 days ago

      @Lurifax fireball guy is amazing

    • Suitov
      Suitov 8 days ago +4

      Round corners on everything and countersink every screw! (But yes, I think I get what you mean.)

  • isyt
    isyt 2 days ago +1

    Amazing job. You are a hero!

  • Henry Santana
    Henry Santana 12 hours ago

    Hey my mechanics! Big fan of your work…I was wondering what is that ratcheting tool you used at 7:53? Thank you 👍

  • Emma
    Emma Day ago +1

    Not sure if it’s been fixed a while and I haven’t noticed but… you fixed the switch for your sandblaster! ❤

  • Dampf Zocker
    Dampf Zocker 2 days ago +1

    Sehr sehr geil geworden! Aber desto länger ich hinsehe wie du die Pfeile schwingst desto mehr kommen die Erinnerungen an die Lehrwerkstatt mit dem U-Stahl runterpfeilen hoch :D Ich selbst bin Schlosser =)

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  2 days ago +1

      Freut mich, dass dir das Video gefallen hat.

  • Lily Skye
    Lily Skye 4 days ago +4

    I really love how the hot bluing turned out on this one. Super beautiful end result and it was awesome seeing you make tools to solve problems along the way. I love your videos so much.

  • John Walker
    John Walker 3 days ago +1

    That was another great video. Your attention to detail is extra ordinary. But the cleanliness of your fingernails should be mentioned.

  • SeraphOfAsgard
    SeraphOfAsgard 2 days ago +1

    Have you thought about doing any restorations that require some kind of metal plating like nickle or zinc?

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  2 days ago +1

      Nickel plating is used on the headphones, scooter, bookpress, door bell just to name a few ;-)

    • Vickie Bligh
      Vickie Bligh 2 days ago +1

      The last 3 or 4 restorations have used nickel plating.

  • Eligio Budde
    Eligio Budde 3 days ago +1

    Do you use manual taps as a personal choice or is there a disadvantage of using them with a low speed driller?

    • Eligio Budde
      Eligio Budde 2 days ago

      @my mechanics I see. Cool stuff, if you're not doing that already, your skills would be very valuable for museums.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  3 days ago +2

      I have good control, would be a nightmare to break one.

  • JD Kempton
    JD Kempton 11 days ago +456

    The snap sound a bolt makes when coming loose is somehow amazingly satisfying and terrifying at the same time.

    • John O'Neill
      John O'Neill 9 days ago +2

      Had a seized rotor on a car once. Using puller tool, when the rotor broke loose it sounded like a gun shot. Thankfully I threaded a lugnut partially on or else the rotor would've smacked me right in the chest

    • BGood1965
      BGood1965 10 days ago +10

      @Perinne You need to go back to school.

    • Perinne
      Perinne 10 days ago

      JDKempton I suggest watch a 13 part series called _What on earth happened_ by Ewaranon to learn that the earth is not a globe.
      I got it in my about tab.

    • AQTheFanAttic
      AQTheFanAttic 11 days ago +6

      @Autunite hehe, screwed

    • Autunite
      Autunite 11 days ago +12

      If the snap comes right as the bolt moves for the first time, you're good. If it comes right after the bolt seems to move, although quite slowly and difficultly, then you're most likely screwed.

  • David Sica
    David Sica 2 hours ago

    I’m wondering why you choose to use stick welding sometimes when you have MIG available.

  • Jethro bodine
    Jethro bodine 3 days ago +1

    Oh how I love your craftmanship!!!!

  • Mariano Esposito
    Mariano Esposito Day ago +1


  • Joe C
    Joe C 3 days ago +1

    Is there a name for the way this vice mounts to a bench, bolting into the side like that? This would be perfect for my workbench, I don't need rotation.

    • Joe C
      Joe C 3 days ago

      @my mechanics noted, I see looks like they have a proprietary system. Thanks!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  3 days ago

      Not sure about the name, but all Gressels are mounted like that.

  • Папины Дочки

    Как же я люблю на это смотреть!

  • Nealskies021
    Nealskies021 2 days ago +1

    Why do you prefer a liquid paint over powder coating? Is there a benefit to using one over the other?

  • fabiopinna
    fabiopinna 2 days ago +1

    "A bit of penetrating oil"
    *uses half of the can*

  • Armadirm
    Armadirm 23 hours ago +1

    The world is MyMechanics and you are the sharp edge

  • Árni Viðar Björgvinsson
    Árni Viðar Björgvinsson 11 days ago +282

    I love that you finally got to the tiny vise! Would be great to get a picture of all of them side by side. Gray, Green, Blue & Red. :)

  • جواد احمد خان

    Great job as usual..

  • Rillka
    Rillka 4 days ago +3

    The only restoration channel I never speed up, and the only one I watch every single video of. Multiple times, to be exact. We - the fans - always praise your restoration work but I think we need to start praising your video editing more as well! If not for the immaculate timing of every step, your videos wouldn't be so loved and cherished ❤️

  • Infinite loop
    Infinite loop 10 days ago +16

    0:50 I love that you always use exactly the right tool for a task. No shortcuts. It's so annoying when a channel uses too small screwdrivers, the wrong wrench, and so on. But never on this channel - huge respect!

    • Dave's DIY
      Dave's DIY 9 days ago +2

      Swiss made PB screwdriver for Swiss made screws. 🙂

    • Andrew Zach
      Andrew Zach 10 days ago +2

      I noticed when he took out the first two screws how perfectly the screwdriver fit. We are a weird bunch of viewers :)

  • Restoration Mania
    Restoration Mania 3 days ago +17

    *You are the reason I started filming my restorations. You inspired 💫 me and I hope one day you find the time to watch one of my videos, your thoughts are very valuable for me.*

  • Cam'ron Diplomats

    Всегда смотрю с наслаждением

  • Abdullah Jabbar
    Abdullah Jabbar Day ago +1

    Literally anything: *damaged beyond repair*
    My mechanics: it was damaged, so I make new one.

  • Anatol Borowicz
    Anatol Borowicz 3 days ago +7

    As usual, I am full of admiration for your talent, precision and care of every detail. The vice after the reconstruction certainly looks better than it was new. Braaavo!

  • Marcio H Claudino
    Marcio H Claudino 10 days ago +42

    This is not only a restoration video. This is art. You are an artist and the restoration products are only a way to show the world your talent.

  • 7 8
    7 8 11 days ago +156

    There can't be too much of vise restoration. We all want it

    • Perinne
      Perinne 10 days ago

      du3 I suggest watch a 13 part series called _What on earth happened_ by Ewaranon to learn that the earth is not a globe.
      I got it in my about tab.

    • Infrared73
      Infrared73 11 days ago +3

      I would watch a monthly vise restoration on this channel very happily.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  11 days ago +15

      Nice to hear that, thanks :-)

  • Jonathan kline
    Jonathan kline Day ago +1

    What kind of files do you use? They are chewing that metal away quick!

  • Mike OHandley
    Mike OHandley 7 days ago +4

    It's too bad they don't have something similar to an Academy Award for restorations. If they did, I'd be one of many nominating you for Best Master Restorer. As always, definitely worth the wait. Nobody even comes close in terms of thoroughness and quality of finish.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  7 hours ago

      Thank you very much, much appreciated :-)

  • Brian Paul
    Brian Paul 3 days ago +1

    Your patience level is astounding.

  • Lukáš Veselý
    Lukáš Veselý 10 days ago +2

    As always, unrivaled and precise work. I can't wait for the next project.

  • Bond Street
    Bond Street 11 days ago +5

    It looks amazing - really good work. I love it when you say " I quickly made this tool" or 'I'll make another one" and then you just casually produce a clever tool or a complex machined part like its no big deal.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  11 days ago +1

      Tomorrow comes a video how I made the tool.

  • Paulo M. Jr.
    Paulo M. Jr. 10 days ago +2

    Excelente trabalho, meus parabéns 👏👏👏

  • Andrew D. Royappa
    Andrew D. Royappa Day ago +1

    Why grease behind the jaws and the screws securing them? Rust prevention?

  • Jacob Lara
    Jacob Lara Day ago +1

    It might need a bit mote penetrating oil but I don't know 🤔

  • Craig Smith
    Craig Smith 10 days ago +14

    I wish you had videos more often, but I will take quality over quantity any time and your quality is second to none. Simply beautiful.

  • john smith
    john smith 2 days ago

    step 1 place in boiling water for 1 hour or evaporust overnight
    step 2 disassemble, clean and oil
    step 3 do not file on the vice ways and introduce slop into the system
    step 4 do not weld cast iron with normal steel electrodes

    • john smith
      john smith 2 days ago

      @my mechanics didn't know they made nife mig wire, must have gotten the filing mixed up with a really similar video i saw right before. Comment came off ruder than I meant, nice vid

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  2 days ago +1

      Step 1 and 2 are fine, there are different ways. I agree with step 3, which I also did not do, I only removed high spots with an oil stone. Step4 I actually used NiFe cast iron rods.

    • john smith
      john smith 2 days ago

      @Vickie Bligh not for long when it brittle fractures at the welds

    • Vickie Bligh
      Vickie Bligh 2 days ago

      This isn't his first vise restoration. He uses the other 2 in his shop (this one is going to be used as well).

  • Rob Mclaughlin
    Rob Mclaughlin 10 days ago +14

    It always blows my mind how detailed you are at doing these types of repairs.

  • Zachary Herman
    Zachary Herman Day ago +1

    “A little bit of penetrating oil”

  • xxPenjoxx
    xxPenjoxx 10 days ago +8

    I love that you welded and filed the imperfections. What a huge difference 👏
    A lot more work sure, but so pleasing to see. Your restorations are always beautiful

  • Deividas Tamkus
    Deividas Tamkus 11 days ago +45

    Whenever you don’t write “perfect restoration” in the title, it’s sad that you’re not as happy with your handiwork. They’re all perfect to me.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  11 days ago +7

      Nice to hear that, thank you very much :-)

  • squatch2003
    squatch2003 10 days ago +2

    Amazing video, again! I wish I could find a vise like that around here! Keep the videos coming!

  • venkman 87
    venkman 87 8 days ago +1

    So good. Reminds me so much of the Gressel vice with the green finish - my favourite. Fully appreciate this effort, I havent been the bigest fan of some recent restoration videos, but cant go wrong with solid tools. This is 🔥🔥🔥

  • Quaker521
    Quaker521 10 days ago +2

    As ever, a fantastic restoration. Thank you for the upload.

  • Ray Nabozny
    Ray Nabozny 15 hours ago +1


  • Dr. Hut of Handcraft
    Dr. Hut of Handcraft 10 days ago +5

    I really liked the editing of the welding in the beginning of the video and the way how you straightened the jaws. Great job 👌🏻👍🏼

  • Mere
    Mere 10 days ago +2

    I love these vice videos, they always feel a little inspiring. Like no matter how stuck I feel in my depression, all it takes is a little love and some effort to be back in the game.

  • Frankie Rzucek
    Frankie Rzucek 10 days ago +6

    You sir are one of the best channels on here and I really look forward to all of your videos. Not only are you the best, but it's so much fun to watch. You are a master of your craft and NO ONE can compare to the craftsmanship and perfectionism you put into every piece. I cant wait to see what you fix next. Stay safe bud.

  • Muzfuz 57
    Muzfuz 57 8 days ago +1

    I had a feeling this would turn out really well, you didn’t disappoint it looks stunning. 👍👍👍

  • Sixcylinders
    Sixcylinders 11 days ago +42

    Ive watched every single video that you’ve ever made and you’ve always produced a stunning piece of art at the end of it.
    I truly believe that everything you’ve ever restored is now better than when it was new.
    All the praise that you receive is very much deserved and your channel has to be one of the very best on Clip-Share.

    • Psammead
      Psammead 10 days ago

      Yep 👏 What they said 👆👌

  • bigfutus
    bigfutus 2 days ago +1

    Very nice and tasteful color and finish combination.

  • Riordan Henry
    Riordan Henry 10 days ago +1

    One thing I noticed from watching several vise restorations, then absolutely learned firsthand: to restore a vise, you basically need another vise.
    I restored my grandfather's 1964 Wilton 4.5" machinist vise. I only restored it to the point of functionality, not a show piece like this one (I used a 1987 Sears 4" vise in that process)
    I wanted to make the Wilton a show piece, but then I felt guilty retiring it. It now happily serves as my bench vise with its original paint and all the cosmetic scars it earned in the back of a truck making libraries, schools, and restaurants.

  • Michael Bobczynski
    Michael Bobczynski 10 days ago +1

    Amazing work! If I hadn't watched you do it, I wouldn't believe such a restoration was possible. Thank you for sharing! 👍

  • Samantha Dean
    Samantha Dean 5 days ago +2

    I love how you always solve problems by thinking outside the box!!!
    Awesome job!!! ❤️❤️❤️👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • 0zzm0dious
    0zzm0dious 11 days ago +113

    I love seeing how far your shop has expanded from video to video. You have so many nice tools and machines now! You've come a long way from the old space heater video, which was the firs one of yours I watched.

    • Perinne
      Perinne 10 days ago +1

      @Solanuma People click and watch random videos all the time.
      But I get you. Most won't care, but I suggest and everyone gets to choose whether to watch my random suggestion or not.
      Even if they presume FE is BS, they can still choose to watch the video and either learn something amazing or get to laugh at flat earthers, great deal either way.
      Actually yesterday someone replied to me that sure they will watch it because they need a good laugh.

    • Samantha Lewis
      Samantha Lewis 10 days ago +7

      @Killkor And the time that he censored it so the comments wouldn't mention it lol

    • Killkor
      Killkor 10 days ago +10

      Yeah. The OGs remember the old damaged power button on sandblaster.

    • Solanuma
      Solanuma 10 days ago +6

      @Perinne the most insane part of your comment is your expectation that you could get some total stranger to watch not one but thirteen whole completely unrelated youtube videos

    • Perinne
      Perinne 10 days ago

      0zzm0dious I suggest watch a 13 part series called _What on earth happened_ by Ewaranon to learn that the earth is not a globe.
      I got it in my about tab.

  • Coffee With Steve
    Coffee With Steve 9 days ago +5

    I am constantly amazed how not only do you repair these things, but you actually make them better than how they were when they were new.

  • S McCaskill
    S McCaskill 10 days ago +2

    As always you've done wonderful work!

  • Quantum Leap
    Quantum Leap 2 days ago +1

    One word: Wow.

  • Zlatimir Valkov
    Zlatimir Valkov 10 days ago +1

    I don't know why it is, but I particularly LOVE when you restore vices! Flawless work!

  • Adnan Nazeer
    Adnan Nazeer 11 days ago +70

    Your attention to detail is simply out of this world. No other Restoration Channel can even come close to that level of meticulousness

  • lordkappa
    lordkappa 9 days ago

    Love the videos! Your camera and editing work is second to none, and this is the only restoration channel I actually subscribed to.
    I must say, one thing that makes your videos so relaxing and "zen" is the lack of time-lapse/fast-forward in editing. I noticed it was used (I believe for the first time ever in a My Mechanics video) in this video when forcing open the seized vice jaws. It wasn't too distracting, but I hope it doesn't become more common, as its absence really sets your videos apart and makes them more pleasant to watch than the myriad other copycat channels.
    Keep up the great work!

  • Observing?
    Observing? 10 days ago +1

    As usual, very good job and enjoyable video! One question: when you weld, is the resulting material less strong?

  • Ex Inferis
    Ex Inferis 10 days ago +4

    I enjoyed seeing a vice holding a vice. I'd love to see that on a larger scale: your largest vice holding the second largest etc., until it gets to the smallest one. That'd be so much fun!

  • Kamel E. Belkacem
    Kamel E. Belkacem 10 days ago +2

    The positive thing is that MyMechanics is the best restoration channel on YT and god knows am big fan and follower of various ones, the negative thing is your videos are so rares, when i got a notification from your channel is like getting a tweet reply from Elon Musk 😁

  • Bryce Archambault
    Bryce Archambault 11 days ago +29

    This guy just can’t get enough gressel vices

    • Famc
      Famc 7 days ago

      I have one gressel vice and I want more!

    • Zoltan Urmosi
      Zoltan Urmosi 11 days ago

      It's perfectly understandable 😃

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  11 days ago +10

      Well... that's true

  • W F
    W F 10 days ago +2

    Great job! Another impressive restoration, your attention to detail is unreal. That vise is better now that the day it left the factory. Gressel should be sponsoring your channel.

  • David S
    David S 10 days ago +2

    It's always a pleasure to see a new video from my mechanics. I just wish there were more of them. : )

  • çahal ve sefo fanı
    çahal ve sefo fanı 12 hours ago

    "My efforts are useless... One day, someone will take all mine and make new ones via them." -Some craftsmans from 1910's

  • Onion Head
    Onion Head 10 days ago +2

    Our Blasting Cabinet was one of my favorite tools in our gun shop when I needed to restore or refinish something. Marvelous job as usual. You never disappoint.

  • Jens Marzelin
    Jens Marzelin 11 days ago +60

    Einfach herrlich zuzuschauen, mit welcher Präzision und Ruhe der alte Schraubstock wieder zu neuem Leben erweckt wird! Vielen Dank dafür und Grüße aus Eisenhüttenstadt/Deutschland 👍

  • B Man
    B Man 10 days ago

    Awesome work as always! I thought to myself, that little vise doesn’t look that bad, how is this even going to be a challenge?
    Well, that’s how.
    I especially like the drill bit archeology lesson on why that half round plate was at an angle. Must have broke during manufacture but no worries, the original fix worked well enough until you put it right.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  10 days ago +1

      That was my guess too, I felt like a detective when finding that drill lol

  • Nikos Papageorgiou
    Nikos Papageorgiou 10 days ago +1

    So happy to see an old Sulzer brought back to life in such a perfect working condition!
    Great mechanical skills and as always, high attention to detail from the best restoration channel on Clip-Share!

  • Michael | DM Pope
    Michael | DM Pope 3 days ago +1

    Why in the world would there be a random-broken drill bit just stuck someplace random on that?

    • Michael | DM Pope
      Michael | DM Pope Day ago

      ​@my mechanics That's SUPER interesting! It's fascinating how every object has its own story like that.
      Restoring an object is like telling the object's story, in a way. That's why I love your channel so much. You treat something like a broken drill bit and some extra holes as the extra meaning it deserves.
      Thank you for the reply!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  3 days ago +2

      My guess. It broke in the manufactory, then the broken drill slipped on the second hole. Then they realized and fixed it with two new holes.