Monday, October 31, 2011
I Cooked My Vises
A couple weeks ago I was traveling for a few days. And for once I had the foresight to get some things ready a couple days before my departure. One of the things on my list was to finish the wheels on my vises with baked flax oil.
So I stripped my bench at home of its two satin iron handwheels, dropped them off at my brother's home and left a note: "beautify my wheels."
By the time I got home a few days later, two baked-flax-oil handwheels were waiting for me.
And boy did they look fantastic. I couldn't wait to get them reinstalled on my bench. And last week I did just that.
The wheels look and feel fantastic, and are now highly rust resistant to boot. I don't know how your monitor is calibrated, so I'll try to give you an idea of how these look. I'd call the color "chocolate-bronze". But the chatoyance of the steel underneath is still visible. It almost looks like a cat's eye stone. Almost.
I'm not much for fancy benches, or flashy hardware. I like a more subdued, patina-esque look. These fit the bill perfectly.
We ship all vises now with handwheels detached, so you can bake your's too. Here's the details.