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Homemade Not-Quite-Benchcrafted Leg Vise Assembly w/Oak Crank Handle

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Project by Airframer posted 557 days ago 8930 views 40 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 - http://theidiotgaloot.com





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gawthrrw

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#1 posted 557 days ago

Awesome!! I’ll def be trying this! Thanks!

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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Airframer

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#2 posted 557 days ago

Thanks man! Let me know if you have any questions about it.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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pinebox

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#3 posted 557 days ago

Nice job. I’m in the process of building one of those handwheels too. If you are in the USA you might try ENCO for acme threaded rod. Quite a bit cheaper and it comes in 3 foot lengths too. I’ve had good luck with them. I think it is enco.com.

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HandyNative

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#4 posted 557 days ago

+1 for enco, i’ve gotten some 1” acme rod from them and nuts to match. Link is actually
http://www.use-enco.com

No affiliation but it really is cheaper for the acme rod.

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Don W

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#5 posted 557 days ago

The same only different, http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/34022

Nice job airframer.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Airframer

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#6 posted 557 days ago

Thanks guys. I went with Fastenal for a couple reasons. 1) I wasn’t sure how much I was going to need so 6’ sounded good to me. 2) it is right outside of work so no shipping and I could actually hold it and look at it (I like this rather than hoping it is the right thing).

Thanks for the heads up on that site though. I might see what else they have there!

@Don.. That’s a nice looking wheel you have there! I might have to get a dressier knob fo rmine.. dunno this one is growing on me.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Brandon

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#7 posted 557 days ago

Very cool. You’ll even have enough acme thread to make a moxon vise!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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DaveTPilot

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#8 posted 557 days ago

Hey guys,

I’ve been researching and price shopping to do this very thing for 2 years now. Has anyone just bought a tail vise screw from Lee Valley for $37.50 and just replace the handle with a hand wheel?

Airframer, nice work thought. How much was the flange bearing? Also, what do you mean by “lock ring”?

Thanks.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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Airframer

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#9 posted 557 days ago

I have seen those used for leg vises before. It is certainly an option. I chose to go this route because I wanted a longer screw and I was still up in the air as to what vises I wanted to build for the bench. So yes.. there are cheaper options for the screw but at around $16 a foot this wasn’t a terrible deal over all.

The flange bearings were around $20 iirc.

Here are the hand wheels http://www.reidsupply.com/products/knobs-handles-hand-wheels/

And here are the bearings http://www.reidsupply.com/products/bearings-power-transmission/bearings/mounted-bearings/flange-mounted-bearings/

And by lock ring I am talking about a stainless steel ring with a 1” bore and a set screw. I used as a washer between the wheel and the bearing and also to apply constant pressure against the hub to help lock that into place. If you look at the pics it is the silver ring just after the wheel.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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Tugboater78

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#10 posted 557 days ago

Lookin good, i get off work in a couple days, so probably hit up gastenal when i get there, need to see if they can get me a bandsaw blade for my granpas old craftsman 3 wheel bandsaw .. noone srems to carry the size i need

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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DaveTPilot

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#11 posted 557 days ago

Awesome, thank you for the info! I actually have a similar screw, 1 1/8, 5 TPI ( same as BC’s) sitting in my “shopping cart” online. I wanted to do the same as you did, have extra length for another screw. (Wow, that just sounded wrong, LOL) I just wanted to make sure I was making the most frugal choice.

Still might go with your choice. Thanks again. Looking forward to seeing the bench!

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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PurpLev

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#12 posted 557 days ago

nice job.

DaveTPilot – that’s what I did. got 2 screws from LV and replaced the T handle with a hand wheel. you can see it here:

http://lumberjocks.com/PurpLev/blog/25512

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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DaveTPilot

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#13 posted 557 days ago

Thanks PurpLev, does it run pretty smooth?

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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PurpLev

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#14 posted 556 days ago

Dave – both vises run very smoothly and with very high torque.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Nicholas Hall

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#15 posted 221 days ago

Nice job.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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