NEW & IMPROVED - automatic quick release ( NEW VIDEO )

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Project by kiefer posted 01-05-2015 03:37 AM 5297 views 33 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an updated version of my KNEE VISE which I posted about a month ago .

The main difference is a slimmed down knee beam and a automatic quick release device that I designed for this vise .
The automatic quick release allows the vise chop to slide straight in and out without having to lift the chop .
I am happy with this vise being a prototype and the automatic quick release really turned out well as it is very compact and easy to install in just about any vise .
I will see if there is any interest in the design and offer it for sale to interested parties .
The vise is made from pine and spruce lumber and some hickory reclaimed flooring for the knee beam along with hardware for a cost of about $50.00 CAN.
I hope you watch the video and comments are always welcome .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 01-05-2015 04:01 AM

Hi Klaus. Why did I believe you were going to make improvements on your leg vise. Glad you did. Kind of has a modern look to it now and the quick release system is great. I’m still thinking of adding one to mine so keep on the improvements so I will have them all when I start. (laughing) Hopefully getting started tomorrow on my big wacker mallet—Kiefer style. Thanks for the video and take care Klaus.

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

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 04:39 AM

That’s a fancy looking leg vise, great job.

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 04:50 AM

Thanks for sharing you latest vice development. This video and the others you’ve produced have been very interesting.

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 06:01 AM

Now that looks good!
I may have to watch a few more times to take it all in but it certainly works well.

Nice one Klaus

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#5 posted 01-05-2015 07:12 AM

You have upped the ante again!


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#6 posted 01-05-2015 09:41 AM

Hi Klaus,

found another “lie” in your video at 7:20 “Doesn’t get any better than that.”

Ha, ha! That ’s what I believed on each video or article of your inventions. But the next and better solutions is always only a few Kiefer-thoughts away. Really great!
One question: is “Trapezgewindespindel” the right german name for ACME-rod or do I have to search for something else?

Thanks a lot in advance and best regards!


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#7 posted 01-05-2015 11:30 AM

Nicely done improvement on a leg vise.
I noticed adornments ala Shipwright.

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#8 posted 01-05-2015 01:16 PM


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#9 posted 01-05-2015 01:20 PM

That bench is a piece of art in itself. I like the weight wheel. I’d like to add better wheels on my old Craftsman table saw, and this looks like a gr8 solution. Happy 2015 Klaus.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 01-05-2015 01:21 PM

Great work as always Klaus

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#11 posted 01-05-2015 01:36 PM

What a nice improvement on your vise Klaus. I wold love to have something like this in my shop, but for now I’ll have to stick with my little bench vise due to the lack of space. Love the video also.
Nice work! Thanks for sharing

I was watching another video about workbenches just before I was on your page reading about your vise Klaus. You might enjoy seeing this. Again, I have no space to do this. :(

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#12 posted 01-05-2015 03:01 PM

Very nice improvement on what was already a sweet set-up

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#13 posted 01-05-2015 03:14 PM

Fantastic. This is just great stuff – ingenious.

I also need to find a trapezgewindespindel now :)

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#14 posted 01-05-2015 06:09 PM

Looks terrific Klaus. I think you are really on to something with that quick release mechanism and I was glad to hear that you are planning to sell it. I have quick release Record type vises with the levers and the limitations imposed by the guide bars and screw. I do really love those vises, but it is pretty clear that your vice is easier to use and with a much larger capacity as well. If I were you, I would consider patenting it and look into the possibility of licensing your design to a manufacturer if that would be profitable enough.

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#15 posted 01-05-2015 06:51 PM

Excellent work and design. Looks like a million dollars.

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