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#1 posted 10-25-2013 03:43 PM

Practicality of a leg vise?

- Cheap. Dirt Cheap. $5 vise screw and a length of 2x stock and you are in business.

- Adaptable. Need something ‘deeper’ than say, 8” of clamping space? Drop the the screw lower. Try that with a metal vice

- Easy to install. Plan the whole bench around a leg vice? Except for getting the front of the legs co-planer with the front edge of the benchtop, it’s no problem at all. Don W. did a retrofit of his leg vise without that in place, either.

As far as why they’re all the rage, couldn’t care less other than to say there has to be merit to them or folks wouldn’t adopt them. I have one, and love it. Had a wooden face vise, traditional wood screw, thought it to be much less useful than the leg. Can’t clamp boards vertically, from floor to benchtop, and have them supported the whole length. Less wracking. More space on either side of the single screw, etc. etc.

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