Does it Hold?

by | Oct 2, 2012 | 2 comments

We’ve had a great response with the Pin less leg vice over the past couple of years and customers always seem to be impressed at how simple and powerful it is in use. I also receive a lot of enquiries from people who are rather sceptical and are convinced that the jaw will rack open at the top when clamping due to the lack of a pin.

In a previous post I tried to explain that the angle is set on the jaw to both take up slack between the screw & garter and enable superior clamping – see the bottom paragraphs on here The Pinless Leg Vice

Today we’ve made another quick video to simply demonstrate the holding power of this vice. If the theory makes no sense to you then take a look at it in practise!

Another quick point, the components used within the shaft system are of the highest quality and designed to slide against each other at ridiculously high temperatures, low temperatures, super fast speeds and under colossal load.  None of this is necessary of course but the point is that you don’t need to worry about wear within this application.

Update: At the present time we’re not building any workbenches or vices for sale, however we have many resources on this website that will help guide you with your own workbench build.

Our English Workbench Video Series takes you step by step through a traditional bench build, starting out with a discussion on choosing the ideal dimensions, demonstrations of how to cut the joinery, right through to flattening your workbench top and building the face vice from scratch.

If you’d like us to guide you through your build with detailed videos and PDF plans, then you can find full details for this Workbench Series here.

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About Richard Maguire

About Richard Maguire

As a professional hand tool woodworker, Richard found hand tools to be the far more efficient solution for a one man workshop. Richard runs 'The English Woodworker' as an online resource and video education for those looking for a fuss free approach to building fine furniture by hand. Learn More About Richard & The English Woodworker.


  1. Lars

    Richard, this video is great! I started one of those “does this thing really work?” threads a while back on the woodcentral forum. I’d love to see some technical info such as what angle of the shaft is necessary and details of the fit between it and the bushing. However, I would also totally understand if that’s information that you don’t want to just give away.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Richard

      Thanks Lars. It’s quite difficult to say an exact angle for the shaft as it will vary depending on the tolerances of the thread, nut and garter that you are using. 3 degrees should be a good starting point. By bringing out a pin less vice I do feel guilty of under rating the original pinned version, the shaft is no doubt very convenient but if you’re making your own the action and soul of true pinned leg vice still out weighs the inconvenience to me.
      That looks like a great bench, just had a little neb. It must be very satisfying to make your own hardware as well.


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