The vices of vises

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Forum topic by Woodfix posted 05-30-2009 01:53 PM 1806 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2009 01:53 PM

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Hopefully I am doing this right.
I have a question. Actually two.
It is that time, next Sunday I will be starting the quintessential wood working project. A Work Bench. The bench I have been using at my classes has a Groz 175mm Quick Release vise. It is very nice and does what I have needed it to do.
But I have also seen (in photos only) a thing called a leg vise. Especially, I have been seeing glowing reports of the BenchCraft Leg Vise.
Question 1 – Is a leg vise going to give my new bench capabilities that a standard quick release vise wont.

Question 2 – Is the BenchCraft vise the way to go (it is a bit expensive, especially if I have to import it from the US)(the exchange rate is NOT in our favor). Is there a cheaper option that provides the same capabilities.


-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 05-30-2009 02:08 PM

Cheapest option for a leg vise is make yourself. Buy the threaded rod from carbatec and cut the board to suit. As for which is better, some people drink stout and some drink lager, it,s a question best not asked as fights generally start with seemingly innocent questions like that. You can always change it later anyway.

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#2 posted 05-30-2009 04:57 PM

Benchcraft makes some nice hardware, its a bit hard to swallow the price. If you have the money and you don’t mind spending it it is a lifetime investment in smooth easy to use hardware.

If you’re like me and can’t quite get over the price, its easy enough to make a leg vise with hardware like lee valley sells.

I’m making a shoulder vise with lee valley hardware vs the benchcraft hardware because I just can’t spend the 350 on bench hardware. Perhaps some day, I’ve seen it used and it is smooth.

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#3 posted 05-30-2009 05:25 PM

I have 4 different types of vises 2 are store bought and 2 purchased off e bay that’s were I got my leg vice .
If in time you can have more than one type of vise it’s very convenient. I like my pattern makers vice best.

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