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Chain Leg Vise for Roubo style benches

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Review by briant posted 11-12-2012 08:33 PM 5536 views 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Roubo Bench was finished back in 2010 and It’s been a dream to use with one exception, the Parallel Guide and Pin on the leg vise were a pain to use. I never seemed to have the pin in the right hole of the Parallel Guide. BenchCrafted, who made the hardware for the Roubo Slit Top Bench announced a solution for that problem. It’s called a Crisscross and looked promising, except to install it required way more modification and changes to the bench than would make it at all practical…..
Enter Ancora Yacht Services – Chain Leg Vise (chainlegvise@gmail.com). It required drilling a 5/8” hole through the chop and leg, morticing a small ledge at the end of the parallel guide to hold a small angle bracket, then installing the two sprockets on the back of he leg, and install the chain. Total install time invested…two hours, and if I ever wanted to I can still use the parallel guide and pin! (that’s never going to happen)
This thing works like a champ, and the leg vise holds anything I can fit in it.
I made a maple cover that slides over the whole affair to make it dust proof and a little more esthetic, but that was totally unnecessary.

-- Brian, New Mexico




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#1 posted 11-13-2012 12:03 AM

A wonderful addition to a gorgeous workbench! Thank you for the review. Well done!

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 11-13-2012 01:41 AM

How much was it?

EDIT: Nevermind, I found the info here: http://ancorayachtservice.com/?page_id=221

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 11-13-2012 01:51 AM

Brandon,
There are three different options. You can check them out at Jim Ritter’s site: chainlegvise@gmail.com
To answer your question …$170.00

-- Brian, New Mexico

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#4 posted 11-13-2012 02:43 AM

Brandon, the price Brian listed is with an end button engraved with his initials and date. The kit itself is $155 shipped in the USA.
Brian thanks for a great post and a great job on the installation.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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#5 posted 11-13-2012 05:28 AM

Boatman, I thought this was yours! I remember you discussing them on the Workbenches thread. Looks like a wonderful bench upgrade.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 11-18-2012 07:19 PM

Nice job and great solution. What a great looking bench to boot!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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