leg vise bottom rail joint pivot or rigid?

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Forum topic by knotsofast posted 03-28-2016 01:36 AM 663 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2016 01:36 AM

I decided to put a leg vise on my bench in place of the face vice , so I gathered materials, hardware etc. made chop, drilled holes ,made bottom rail (extra length for fitting) and it hit me as I was laying out pin holes…. I always assumed that this is a rigid glued mortise . The point of the pin is to hold the vise bottom parallel to material clamped on top but you would need a heck of a lot of holes to actually match everything you clamp. what if you wanted to clamp something on a taper? My chop is hickory and is 1.5” thick at its thinest point at bottom….it aint gonna flex, so to me it seems that a pin hole spaced 1\4” too close or too far would put a lot of stress on the rail joint and mortise.

So what do y’all think? Glue it rigid or dry dowel pining chop to rail to act like a hinge.

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#1 posted 03-28-2016 01:41 AM

Whatever works for you really.

I kept mine loose but ended up pulling it apart and gluing it so it didn’t pivot. Odds are, holding tapered work will probably be far and few between in your leg vise. If it’s not, give it a shot but leave it so it can be glued later if you don’t like it.

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#2 posted 03-29-2016 01:56 AM

ok, I didn’t know that it was optional. what was it that bothered you about being loose that made you glue it rigid?

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