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SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #2: Finished Leg Vise

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Blog entry by grfrazee posted 01-28-2013 03:35 PM 3009 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: 80% Complete Part 2 of SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench series Part 3: (Mostly) Finished Tail Vise »

I finally got some shop time this weekend and had a chance to complete my leg vise. After my last building session, I had left it basically functional, but lacking a couple bells and whistles to make it really nice.

The first addition was a guide wheel on the underside of the parallel guide. I bought another plastic wheel from Woodcraft and mounted it below the guide. It looks like it could become an ankle biter, but I haven’t run into any problems yet.

It’s only pocket-screwed into the leg, so it may have to be replaced after a while. For the time being though, it works.

The next was to make the pin for the parallel guide. I had bought some 3/8” steel rod from the hardware store, and just needed to mount it on a suitable handle. Some of the leftover hickory from the bench was used, along with a brass compression fitting for the ferrule. I had to grind/sand the rod down a little bit since i drilled the parallel guide holes to 3/8” instead of a little bigger (whoops).

I had the chance to actually use the leg vise in making the tail vise. It grips like none other.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-



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#1 posted 01-29-2013 03:30 AM

I was so planning on doing that with my roubo in progress right now. Maybe we both borrowed it from benchcrafted. But who cares. Their vise cost more than my whole bench. Looks good.

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 04:50 AM

You’re right about that. I did borrow the idea from Benchcrafted, though admittedly theirs is much more elegant. However, while their bench hardware looks amazing and I’m sure it performs wonderfully, I can’t justify that cost.

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 12:59 PM

Same here. Wouldn’t mind supporting the company since their here in Iowa. Maybe one day. Anyway, is it worth the effort? Do the rollers make the vise move more smoothly?

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 01-29-2013 02:00 PM

They bind sometimes, but I’ll chalk that up as poor tuning on my part. I’m planning on redoing them to be adjustable, similar to the Benchcrafted wheels.

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 11:33 PM

Been plugging away on my Roubo: http://lumberjocks.com/BigRedKnothead/blog/34408, if your interesed. How about the leather on the vise? Do you find it helpful?

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#6 posted 02-08-2013 02:52 PM

I actually just read your post on making the dovetailed tenons. Interesting stuff. The leather on the vise is quite helpful. It adds a not-insignificant amount of grip and helps cushion the clamped piece. I got my leather from an Amish leathercrafter’s scrap bin, so I can’t point you to a specific source, unfortunately. I would imagine ebay has plenty of listings with scrap leather though.

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#7 posted 02-08-2013 07:29 PM

Cool. I have some leather scraps left from the morris chair I made. Might have to try that. I imagine it protects the work as well.

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 02:10 AM

I would suggest roughing the smooth side of the leather. Even if you don’t want to glue that side, it’ll help grip the wood better.

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