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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 12-29-2011 08:34 PM 2257 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2011 08:34 PM

I’m in the planning stages for my workbench and I really would like a wood screw leg vise I’ve decided. The planning stages also means acquiring the supplies I’m going to need that make take a few weeks to get, so the wood screw is one. It seems like both companies make great wood screw kits for about the same price. Does anyone have experience with either of them and does anyone recommend one over the other, or basically flip a coin? I don’t think $135 is outrageous for the biggest part of the main vise for the bench. The rest of the leg vise is essentially cheap and it’s still half the price of something like the twin screw from benchcrafted or lee valley or LN, so in my mind, it’s worth the price especially since the biggest screws I can handmake would only be 1 1/2” 6 tpi. I will probably by a thread box later on to do a handmade moxon vise, but that’ll be down the road. I also thought about a metal rod acme screw possibly too.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 08:43 PM


I’m in about the same place as you with my workbench. I ordered a premium kit (w/ handle and garter) for the leg vise from Lake Erie; Big Wood Vise was not in business when I ordered about a month ago. It appears they have now reopened.

I received it, but have not installed it. It is bigger than I expected; even knowing the dimensions I was surprised. Overall I’m impressed with the product. Very nicely done; I think it was worth the money. I can’t recommend one over the other, but I can say the Lake Erie is very nice.

I’m going to use a home made twin screw for my end vise. I bought two metal screws from Lee Valley for about $45 each, including handles. They also look nice. Not as long as the Lake Erie, but they run very smooth and seem to be finished well. They would also work for the leg vise, but you would loose some capacity.

-- John

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 06:18 AM

i bought mine from lake erie. they’re great to deal with and have a web site with questions and answers and pictures.
the big wooden vise a year ago wasn’t taking any orders for a few months.his statements was, this was a side business and got swamped from his regular job. you’ve got my call.

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 11:41 PM

Tough call – I’m in the same spot. The big wood vise version is a tad beefier, but I’d bet it doesn’t make any difference in function. I don’t care for the wood garter they have, but I could make my own brass garter. Hmmm…


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#4 posted 01-16-2012 11:45 PM

I ended up going with lake Erie. I haven’t received it yet as they are making it now. I’m sure it will be a wonderful piece. I’m excited to get it and start my workbench!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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