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Forum topic by willhime posted 06-17-2014 02:18 AM 1126 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2014 02:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hardware vise screw bench accessories

I’m trying to find a proper option for my leg vise on my new table without sellin my shirt. I looked up the tap and die for a 2.5” wood screw and the only one I could find was in Germany for $1,500. On the opposite end, I could buy a threaded vise screw for $50-ish. Right now even 50 is pretty steep for me. Besides the fact that woodworking itself is already a luxury hobby, the lady isn’t following my reasoning, aka.. “no, it’s way different than the other 4 vises I have, one of which, a yost, was $200.” The dirt cheapest I can think of is doing it the ghetto way with using either a parallel clamp or a pipe bar clamp. Are there other options anyone knows of?

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 02:25 AM

Wood taps and dies on

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 02:52 AM

The Lee Valley end vise screw is $45, and is perfect for a leg vise. Can’t get much better than that.

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 04:33 AM

Have you seen this one.
It’s just about free and mine has been working really well for almost two years now. I love it.

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 04:57 AM

I bought the Lee Valley screw for my leg vice. I’ve since seen Paul’s wedge vice and really like that idea, wish I had seen it before. If I hadn’t bought the LV one I probably would have stolen his id-er, loosely incorporated that into my design.

Unfortunately, vices or vice parts that you buy don’t come super cheap. That screw was about half of the total I spent on all the SYP for my bench.

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 07:17 AM

You might be able to cannibalize what you need from the biggest old c-clamp you can find. Or have you decided only wooden screws will do?

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#6 posted 06-17-2014 06:19 PM

I have the LV screw. If money was tight, I’d use shipwright’s method. If you can spare $45 or so and don’t want wedges, get the Lee Valley one.

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#7 posted 06-17-2014 07:51 PM

Go to McMaster and buy a 3/4” x 12” ACME threaded rod for $23.

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 09:36 PM

The ACME rod, nut, and bushing costs far more than the LV screw. Then you have to fabricate or buy a handle. And you’d need more than 12” of threaded rod once you add in the thickness of the chop, leg, and handle in order to get the maximum capacity.

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#9 posted 06-17-2014 11:12 PM

+1 on LV screw that’s what I have for the leg vise screw on my bench

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