Which hardware for a wagon vice?

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Forum topic by aherna posted 04-25-2013 01:55 PM 1634 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2013 01:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: workbench roubo wagon vice vice press screw design tail vice

Hey all,

I’m building a pseudo-roubo and am at the stage in the construction where I need to build in my wagon vice.

I want to have the hardware first and build around it. It looks like some folks are using a press screw (including one Schwartz plan I’ve seen) and others are using a modified tail vice screw. I have the LV tail vice screw for my leg vice. I’d use it again but it seems a bit big for this operation. Am I wrong about this?

Any advice on using either would be appreciated.

My benchtop us 3” pine (FYI).


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#1 posted 04-25-2013 03:06 PM

I’m using a Jorgensen 12” press screw. I believe I got it from highland woodworking for $20 or so. IT definitely has enough oomph and plenty of travel.

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 03:12 PM

A member on this site named Andy Panko blogged about the Roubo he built, which included a wagon vise. You might do a search for that blog but I believe he used a Lie Nielson Scandanavian vise screw.

I’m actually at that stage myself and I was hoping to track Andy down and ask him about some of his measurements. Does anyone here happen to have his email address? PM me.

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 03:45 PM

Just a thought.

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 04:30 PM

Here’s another idea for vise screws if anyone is interested. You can get off the shelf Acme screws and nuts from Mcmaster Carr#. I have used these in machines that I have built but there is no reason they won’t work for vises as well. Cold rolled or even ground shafting would work for guide bars and I’m sure that they sell these as well.

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