Vise/vice-question, Paramo

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    Christian Berg

    Hello, good people. Glad to be here! Short introduction: My name is Christian, I live in Norway and have recently ( = just about the last two years) “acquired the taste” for both woodworking as well as restorations and tools all in between. Came across Paul’s channel by accident, and what a happy one that was. I currently work as a teacher, and seize every opportunity I get to bring some students down to the wood shop.

    My setup at home is virtually non-existent, seeing as I live on the 4th floor, so I’m currently constructing a small makeshift workbench out on the smaller balcony (thanks, wifey 🙂 ). In doing so, I figured I needed a vise (or vice? What do you prefer?), so my stepdad provided me with one, and that’s the one I’m going to show you here.

    I’m thinking of restoring it a bit – you know, strip old paint, repaint etc. But what I’m interested in now, is hearing if anyone in here has any info about it? Any info at all?
    Because all I know is what it says on it (it’s a Paramo, according to the almost-destroyed stickers), it has these extra features to hold cylindrical objects (e.g. pipes and such) – these can be removed. And, it was bought in 1980, or just prior.





    david o’sullivan

    It’s a machinist vice mate you could replace the jaws with wood but you also have depth and width issue. Check out fine there quick realise vice made in chec republic are excellent. Have one now 10 years .

    "we can learn what to do, by doing" Aristotle

    Chris Wood

    Don’t discard the vise you have Paramo vices were made in Britain and were every bit as good as the more recognised Record ones. The history of Paramo vises is quite interesting and well worth looking up. I have a similar vice which was acquired from an RAF base in the 1950’s. For now clean it up, re-lube it and make up some hardwood jaws. When money is more abundant buy one of the Eclipse versions of the Record 53 and enjoy.

    Dave Ring

    To make simple, removable wooden jaw pads:

    1. Take two pieces of wood (Plywood will do.) the same width as the steel jaws and somewhat shorter than the distance between the upper edge of he jaw and the bottom of the section that slides in and out f the base. Make sure that the ends are cut reasonably square.

    2. Clamp them upright in the vise, resting on the sliding part of the vise. Make sure that they are perpendicular to the jaws of the vise and mark a line across them, even with he top edge of the steel vise jaw.

    3. Flip them end for end and mark two vertical lines the width of the lower, sliding section.

    4. Remove the wood and cut out the small central rectangular area that you have marked out. (Cut slightly outside of the vertical lines.)

    Drop the new wooden pads into the vise with the notch down and you’re ready to rock.


    • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by Dave Ring.
    Martin Orr

    New to this site and currently attempting to restore a paramo no.2 vice.

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