Balanced Work Bench #2: building the leg vise

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Blog entry by Jeremiah posted 07-18-2013 03:38 AM 1434 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i have never made a leg vise before and i have no idea what to expect with the one i made.

The basic concept came from Shop Notes. And i like the basic concept. However, i do NOT like the price of ACME Rod, ACME nuts or ACME ANYTHING. so i went with “off the shelf” 3/4” threaded rod from LOWES.

I dont know if this will bite me in the butt or not. But just in case, i built the vice so i could change it out if i need to use a better threaded rod.

The dimensions are only slightly longer than the one in Shop Notes. (i’ll link to it when i can remember the issue NO#)

I turned this using hard maple and some Brazilian cherry i had. I used some 2” copper pipe at the base of the screw head, for strength as well as giving it some flare. The 2” copper pipe came from a scrap yard. In case you didn’t know, most places where people turn in metal for money, will sell that metal for CHEEP. They are buying it at scrap rate, so more often than not, they will sell it to someone who wants it for just above scrap rate. Its a bonus for them and great for us

For the roller supports used on the bottom, i had a pair of screen door track wheels i got at a discount building supply place for $1.50

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