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Fisher Double Screw Vise seen at Asheville ABANA conference 1998

Fisher Parallel Jaw Leg Vise

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This Fisher double screw leg vise was seen at the Asheville ABANA conference in 1998. It was sold for $200, $300, then $600 and angain for $900 or more. . . all in three days.

The base for this stand is a 1/2" or 5/8" thick plate about 5 feet square. The column is welded in the middle of the plate. This is a waste of the big piece of plate. If the column was welded about a foot from one side, or better yet toward one corner then there would be room for the user to stand on the plate and use the vise. This makes the vise impossible to move without bolting it down - thus it is still portable. A little thought goes a long way here.

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The Stories

I photographed this vise the day after the conference using the expensive Olympus 1.2 MegaPixel SLR I had bought specifically for the conference. The low resolution images were then reduced in size so that they could be displayed on the primitive monitors of the time across SLOW dialup connections. . . Here the published images have been doubled in size and manually enhanced. They are still not very good but its what I've got.

The entire 98 conference was pretty much a disaster for us. I bought the fancy new digital camera just for the conference. I got it three weeks ahead of time so I could practice using it and also photograph the EC-JYH. The day before we were to leave for the conference the camera died! I took it back to the camera store and they said they had to return the camera to the factory service center under warantee. So what was I supposed to do. . . They graciously lent me another NEW camera (on them) and said, don't scratch it! THANK YOU Lynchburg Camera Shop!

At the conference I was unexpedely tied up full time with the war of the Junk Yard Hammers. I ended up handing the expensive, borrowed camera to a 19 year old helper who had never used ANY kind of camera and said, "take pictures." What a mess for me to sort out! Hundreds of photos with no identification! The vise photos above are two of about a dozen I took after the conference. . . Two months later it turned out the original camera was unrepairably dead and I got to keep the replacement.

One vise, three stories. . .

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