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Project by kiefer posted 11-21-2014 04:09 PM 10949 views 51 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new leg vise with a self locking quick action mechanism that I designed and it is so simple and made from common construction materials .
I also did a blog on this

and a sketchup model that was done by LUMBERPUNK .

This idea of this started a couple of years ago and I made an attempt at it but something was missing and when I saw a post by RICK M on the workbench smackdown forum on the farm vise the wheels started turning again .
I analyzed the vise and looked at the comment and thought that if I took my idea and used the triangular beam system I could overcome the shortcomings and also add a quick release mechanism at a very low build cost .
I made a full size drawing of what I wanted to build and the construction went almost flawless as I had used most of the details before .
What amazed me is how well it operates being constructed from inexpensive common construction materials and hardware .
Then yesterday the final item crowned it ,a marquetry panel on the refurbished chop made by SHIPWRIGHT /Paul and it was even more pleasurable to operate .
If there is enough interest I will do a blog with the construction pictures that i took as I went on this .
Watch the video that I posted and I think you will agree and I think ROUBO would have liked this simple modern version of a leg vise .

Comments welcome good or not .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 04:22 PM

Looks great Klaus. Nice work indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 04:25 PM

I too saw that blog post regarding the leg vise. That to me seems like the absolute simplest way to keep the vice parallel. I am very interested in how this all works. Also, what is this quick release mechanism? Do you mean that the threaded rod can release from the nut and the whole vise slides freely without turning the wheel?

The “self-locking quick action mechanism” phrase has me very interested. Please elaborate.

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 04:29 PM

That is exactly the way it works and I you watch the video you will get a better understanding of the vise and how it functions .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 04:29 PM

Great design work Klaus. Works as well as your last one but much easier to understand. I hope many woodworkers take advantage of your work on this and build their own.

Good thinkin’ !

(As mentioned elsewhere the logos really were my pleasure.)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 05:06 PM

Clever, nice work.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 11-21-2014 05:21 PM

That is awesome. Will def be adding a leg vise to the new work bench when I build it. Great job and thanks for the video, as it helps me to understand it better.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 11-21-2014 05:26 PM

Great job, Kiefer! I really like this. And I would be super interested in a blog.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 11-21-2014 05:27 PM


Take your time, and make a blog with some explanations on parts and where they might be found if not in my shop. LOL!

The sketch up on the last one was a great visual help.

It’s looking pretty!

Thanks for your great innovations.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 11-21-2014 05:31 PM

This looks terrific. I hope you can find the time to write up a blog on the construction. I wonder if it could be retro fitted to replace an existing metal screw vice?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#10 posted 11-21-2014 05:39 PM

Hi Klaus, I have seen your post here and there about building this and have been waiting patiently for the results. I like it and hope to use this on my bench. I watched the video and understand most of it. A couple things I’m not sure of but will contact you when I’m ready for it. Again nice job and keep up the great thinking for us.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 11-21-2014 05:52 PM

Thanks Roger
It’s simple and I love it too.

Yes I hope so too and your bench also they are simple to build and inexpensive .

Simple is the key

I am thinking blog but it will take bit of time and a Sketchup also if i can talk someone into volunteering .

I retrofitted this onto my workcentre at the router table section but I can see it being easy to retrofit on a bench leg either in the existing leg or attaching on the side if you would like help send me a picture .

Anytime you are ready let me know .
When I looked at your bench this morning I thought Dave needs one too .
This thing is so simple even I can understand it and that may be the problem .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 11-21-2014 06:14 PM

“This thing is so simple even I can understand it and that may be the problem .”

What a joker! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 11-21-2014 06:42 PM

Clever. This is similar to what I envisioned except you went the extra step and added a quick release. Well done Kiefer. When I build my new bench in the next few months I will be using your design or some variation of it.


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#14 posted 11-21-2014 06:47 PM

Very nice….all the way around!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#15 posted 11-21-2014 06:47 PM

Hey Klaus, that is really nice.
It looks so simple too. You should draw the profile of the inside of the leg holes. They seem like the most mysterious part.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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