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Forum topic by chrisirving posted 01-13-2018 12:49 AM 898 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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chrisirving

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01-13-2018 12:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: leg vise

I just built a workbench (posted it in projects today). I’d like to have a nice new, way too expensive leg vise but I couldn’t see putting more money in a vise than I have in the whole bench!
My solution was a cheap shop fox screw, a chunk of quarter sawn oak, an 18” piece of 3/4” rigid and the dumb end of a pipe vise. I’ve got a lever that that will release the rigid to move the vise in or out
It’s actually simple and works surprisingly well
A few pictures are worth a thousand words:
Sorry about the sideways pics :(


The leg vise


Lever to release it


Pipe clamp with 1/8” “rope”


Looking from underneath with the lever and a ramp for it to catch on that will keep the vise released


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Sylvain

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 12:33 PM

Is there any spring in it like in the ley Valley pipe vise?

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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Bill Berklich

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#2 posted 01-14-2018 01:30 PM

Really cool release idea. I may try to adopt it.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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chrisirving

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#3 posted 01-14-2018 01:33 PM



Is there any spring in it like in the ley Valley pipe vise?

- Sylvain


That’s the first time I’ve seen the Lee valley clamp! There is a spring in mine also, it looks like you could make the Lee valley work the same as what I came up with

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