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=-