No this isn't a rhetorical question, unless you don't own a vise and still want to participate. In that case, I was actually "in a vise" trying to get an appointment for the Takata airbag recall on my daily driver -- but seriously -- here's what I last had in my workbench's vise.
This is a steering wheel trim for a 1979 Continental Mark V, but it was used on a lot of 70s Ford products when ordered with cruise control. (And Econoline vans up until 1991.) And they all seem to crack/break over time, so I needed to put it in a vise to epoxy back together.
The end result was a good one, and I sincerely thank my little vise for making this happen for me.
So what was the last thing you put in a vise?
I have several vises over my bad habits. I have one on each bench and have used them for many a project.
Some clamping and holding but I also make use of the large anvil on one to form metal items for projects.
the last thing I had in was the mower blades from my John Deere tonight. I spent time hand filing them to a sharp edge and the vise is a help in holding them.
Riding mower lower steering bushing (Unfortunately not a car part) drilled it out and pressed in an undersize bronze sleeve, then drilled to 5/8", to get it back into action.
Bushing had wallowed out so bad I lost steering teeth mesh, had no steering just clicking sounds as the teeth skipped.
Not a beer fridge sadly, it's just a plastic cabinet. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of garage fridges, I'm too cheap to pay the extra electricity to keep a fridge cool in a steaming hot Texas garage. 🙂
When I want a beer, I walk inside the air conditioning and get it LOL.
Lol Sajeev and a good point I solved that issue the shop has A/C best move summers are getting hotter due to all us old car guys I guess,on another note surfing the interweb i found a 82 Vette down your way that I think I need with the chance of some relaxing of travel restrictions I have family in the Houston area and thinking about a flight down turning into a ride back when I discussed this with my lovely wife a new use for the bench vise was mentioned it sounded painful that said its been awhile since I have seen that part of the family so iam awaiting a border relaxing and my second dose.Cheers R
The aluminum core of a garage roll up screen. Was stripping it down for scrap. All totaled there was about 121 pounds of scrap aluminum in a roll up screen for a 16' garage door. Scrap yard paid me $83.40 for the various grades.
Great timing. I just had a lug nut get stuck in my socket. I always find new ways to make easy tasks hard. Anyway, had to clamp the socket into my vise so I could knock the nut out with a nail punch. Didn’t do the chrome coating much good…
I have two vises; one big Craftsman for iron and one Marples for woodworking. The last thing I clamped in the Craftsman was probably some steel stock I was cutting. The last thing I clamped in the Marples was one of the carburetors from my '71 Triumph T120. The wood jaws are easier on castings like that.
1/2" flexible metal electrical conduit to cut to length for garage workbench power strip project. Hacksaw works pretty good, but the dremel with a cutoff wheel makes a nicer cut.
Last things I had in my vice were some sheet metal trans cooler duct work that I had formed in a brake and needed to weld a diverter addition to it. Too many things to hold and not enough hands. Just before that I had used my vice to hold my 3/8" fuel line tubing bender tool while I shaped some complex bends for routing the 8 ft long fuel feed and return lines from the tank to the front of the chassis. It has saved my bacon many times when I am working alone in the shop.
Two tamper proof screws for mounting a Mack truck Bulldog to the hood
of a display truck. Cut the heads off and turned them into studs with
a die so the dog could be removed for vinyl wrapping.
Last project in my vise (affectionately known as my Horizontal Press) was to flatten copper crush washers between ground parallel bars to reuse them on a banjo bolt fitting. Yes you can reuse them if you make them flat again.