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Workbench #8: New leg vise hardware and a design revision

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Blog entry by HungryTermite posted 03-02-2011 06:50 PM 6801 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Laying out the legs Part 8 of Workbench series Part 9: Roubo needs some legs »

I decided in January that I really wanted a wooden screw for my leg vise. I jut like the way they look and they seem to work just the same. So, I placed an order for a screw and nut from Lake Erie Toolworks and they finally arrived yesterday! The screw is beautiful. I assumed there would be some chipping or tearout on the threads but they are perfect. It basically arrived in a condition ready to be finished and installed. I am thinking just some BLO and wax will be the finsih.

It’s perfect timing since I really wanted to start cutting the legs this weekend. I needed to get the screw and nut so I could update the design and update the layout on the leg blank. I updated the design of the bench to remove the old metal screw (that I already own unfortunately) and added the wooden screw:

I plan to make my own handle and garter out of a contrasting wood. I am thinking that the vise chop will be maple to match the screw and nut. I like the way the nut looks horizontal and I think it will just have some chamfers on the ends to give it a finished look.

The nut will sit in a recess in the leg that is half the nut thickness. I will counterdrill holes to screw it to the leg. This will let me easily remove the vise someday when I build a new bench.

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.



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MyChipCarving

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 07:06 PM

Perfect timing with your post, as I’m getting ready to build a new workbench and make a leg vise like you show here. I’ll have to order a larger thread cutter as I only have a 1/2” on hand.
Do you have any details on the adjustable part on the bottom of this leg vise?

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 07:08 PM

...and what size threads are cut on this leg vise you ordered?

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 11:04 PM

These are monster threads. I’ve never seen a thread cutter available in this size. They are just under 2.5 inches in diameter and are 2 threads per inch.

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 03:36 PM

Cool. I’ll be watching for future posts – like your illustrations.

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 03:43 PM

That’s a beautiful thread. Your Sketchup is about my dream bench. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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