In Paul’s blog about fitting a record vise (part 14), there is a pic of the back of a record vise with small, bent metal in the pin hole of the screw rod. I bought this same Record model and the pin that goes in the pin hole falls out. Does anyone know what the metal is that is bent through the pin hole in the pic. I tried to attach the pic from Paul’s blog but the attach file command does not work for me. Thank you.
I hope I’m answering about the pin that you mean. I[‘m thinking the pin that holds a plate that houses the end of the screw and the two rods. If something else, then ignore this.
I don’t know specifically what the pin is made of, but certainly some kind of steel. if it is loose, maybe you can try “peening” it. That is, with the pin in place and supported on the bottom, hit the top of the pin with a hammer to broaden it and make it a tighter fit. If all else fails, you can always try to find a nail that fits tight enough, cut it to length and peen that.
Alternatively, McMaster-Carr or a good hardware store would have the type of pins that Paul used in the manufacture of his cam clamps. I can’t think of the name of them. But they are basically a short tube with a slot cut lengthwise on one side. The slot enables you to pinch it closed a little to fit it into a tight hole.
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