|Project by Airframer||posted 100 days ago||2950 views||27 times favorited||14 comments|
I am in the process of building a Roubo style workbench and needed a leg vise assembly. I really liked the function of the wheel style crank that the Benchcrafted vise has but didn’t want to spend more on it than the wood on the bench.
I did some searching and found some 1” acme #5 threaded rod from my local Fastenal. Then I searched online for some hand wheels and found some at Reid Supply for less than $20 if you get the cast iron un-drilled ones. All that was left was a flange bearing (again from Reid) and a lock ring.
I then drilled a 1” hole in the center of the wheel hub and also drilled a set screw hole which I then threaded to hold the rod into the wheel.
All that was left after that was to make a crank handle for it. I don;t have a lathe but I do have a drill press which works in a pinch.
So there it is.. my vise hardware ready to be installed on my bench once it gets to that point. It runs real smooth and cost around $80 if you only count 1/4 of the the cost of the rod (which is only sold in 6’ lengths for $100). I plan to make a second setup similar to this for a wagon end vise and have plenty of threaded rod left over for that plus a couple more vises if I wanted. All in all I am very happy with how this came out.
Thanks for looking!
-- Eric - Why buy when you can build!?!