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Simple Self Aligning Leg Vise

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Project by JDierking posted 08-09-2017 03:13 PM 3245 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got the idea for this simple leg vise from a post on thewoodknack.blogspot.com. It’s a $35 Yost screw off of Amazon. I machined some nylon bushings to fit the odd 1.165OD on the screw to a 1.5 inch hole I drilled in the leg. I also drilled and tapped the end of the screw to accept a shoulder bolt that supports the moving brace. I kept the joinery very simple with just some screws to see how I like it. It creaks a little where the braces slide when you crank it down so I might add some low friction material at the interface. Otherwise I think it’s a cheap, solid design.





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 08-09-2017 03:27 PM

Nice angular look to that vise chop, goes well with the english bench.

You might find, over time, that there’s a trade off between parallel guide and the angled side supports this solution offers. I clamp long stuff quite a bit and am able to use the full length of the chop to hold it. But it’s also what you get used to, and this one should work just fine. And like you said, it’s simple joinery to reverse if it doesn’t.

Nice pics, thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 08-09-2017 04:13 PM

When you say long pieces, do you mean like in the picture below? With the angle on the leg it worked out that I can butt a vertical piece pretty much tight up to the screw and it passes right by the angled brace.

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#3 posted 08-09-2017 04:17 PM

^ Yep, exactly, and that’s what I figured as the way the angled chop made it workable.

Oh, and what is this neon green thing?

Looks like a hold fast!

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JDierking

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#4 posted 08-09-2017 04:35 PM

Wilton 410SF high visibility C clamp. I picked a pair up cheap at an auction. They come on pretty handy for odd jobs like mounting a giant mag drills or cabbage slicers to your workbench.

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#5 posted 08-09-2017 07:54 PM

Very interesting!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#6 posted 08-10-2017 02:42 PM

I love seeing original solutions, very well done.

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#7 posted 08-10-2017 02:57 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks!

Great vice. Greater bench! That thing is awesome. I’ve never seen an angled vise like that, but it looks like it could be super useful.

THat cabbage slicer looks like a finger slicer too :-Z

-- Pete

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#8 posted 08-10-2017 02:59 PM

Beautiful work. The cabbage slicer is a scary machine.

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#9 posted 08-10-2017 05:16 PM

Thanks for the heads up. This is outstanding workmanship and design. I made a scale model of the vise back when I found it but never built a full size version. I really like how you angled it.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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