|Project by RaggedKerf||posted 10-24-2012 12:25 AM||3622 views||9 times favorited||8 comments|
I just completed the leg vise on my bench and I could not be happier. This is by far the most time consuming, complicated, multi-faceted project I’ve ever done from scratch (I’m talking from drawing this thing out in a notebook to taking the final picture).
For starters, I have to give a shout out to Don Broussard for sharing his leg vise, the original inspiration for mine! Also thanks to Bricofleur for sharing his shop made star knobs, which inspired me to make the handle for my vise the way I did (even thoguh I didn’t use any epoxy!). Thanks guys!
In a nutshell, I made it from a couple pieces of 1×6 pine glued together. I carved my makers mark on the chop along with the date. The handle is three pieces of poplar that I chiseled to embed 5/8” threaded rod nuts. When the three separate nut/wood pieces are rotated against each other, they form one solid unit that you can turn to clamp the vise and turn the other way to unclamp. No glue or epoxy, just a good fit and friction.
The screw is a 5/8” threaded rod I got from the BORG. Inside the leg I carved a hole to embed a threaded rod coupler (a big ‘un too). In the back of the chop I mortised out some space for a piece of metal i found to act as a garter (that took forever and a day to get right but in the end it works like a dream).
The guide is made from 4 thin strips of oak that were trimmed off of, oddly enough, trim, when we moved into out house in June and made some improvements. I had the pieces laying in the scrap pile and glue them together. After planing for thickness and sanding, I drilled holes (broke it, then glued it back together) and installed it in the chop with wedges.
I’m sure it’s not as smooth or as fast to operate (although with that long poplar handle I can crank it open and close in no time at all) as a traditional wood screw, or as pretty as one either.
But hey, for $15 (including the wood) and the ability to say, “yeah, I made that!” I am very happy.
If you want to see all the gory details and lots of pictures, see my Wordpress blog by clicking here and you can see the construction of the vise from the beginning.
Thanks for looking!
-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com