This strong, heavy, sturdy vintage Dunlap 5244 3.5 vise was stripped, cleaned, polished, and painted. Video showing it functioning and in the light in different angles.This vise has 3.5" wide jaws with a max open of 3.75" and weighs 14 lbs. Don't let its age fool you, it has that "old man strength"! This vise may be 80 years old but it'll outperform any of the China vises out there! This thing was built tough. The base design allows for a full 360 dgree swivel because the handle and bottom bolt work together on a notched base design that allows you to swivel it in any direction you need! Colors used are Rustoleum Metallic Blue and Krylon metallic nickel silver, 4 coats each. I tried to get as close to Air Force colors as I could but regardless, the blue and silver go great together. This vise is the same body as the Craftsman 5242. I believe back in the day many vises were manufacturered in the same factory and stamped with different brand names. I restored a Craftsman 5242 with the same body, weight, and size that had "Patent Pending March 1933" stamped on the side of the bar so I believe this to be of the same era, possibly 1930s or 1940s unless I'm wrong and they made these all the way through the 50s but either way this is still a very old vintage vise in excellent shape with many more decades of use ahead of it.
I polished the main handle, swivel handle, flat back, and jaws to a mirror shine. No putty or mud was used in the restoration of this vise. I do my best to grind off some of the casting marks on the backs of the jaws but that's about it. I do not believe in using body filler or putty on a vise. I strip it down to raw metal, grind down all the marks and gouges on the top of the jaws for polishing, and that's about it before acetone and paint.
The removable jaws are original and in great shape with little marring and little abuse. I replaced the washer that held the handle with a set screw collar that serves the same purpose.The washer they put on these is unusable after you remove it. The final picture is of the other vises I finished in this batch. This listing is for the Dunlap vise only. The PennyPincher and Cardinal are listed in other listings so make sure to check out my other listings. The item "Restored Vintage Dunlap 5244 Air Force colors! 3 1/2inch Swivel Base Bench Vise" is in sale since Saturday, January 16, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Tools, Hardware & Locks\Tools\Carpentry, Woodworking\Vises, Clamps". The seller is "galaxyto79" and is located in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States.