This is to be our first vice to go in to the new (yet to be named) range of sensibly priced, well made hardware. It’s a pinless leg vice with St Peter’s cross mechanism.
The steel screw has a nice rapid thread which is custom made to be coarser than normal to give a faster pace of opening, making it that bit closer to being like using a wooden screw. The cross is very simple and very reliable but it’s taken quite some thought to create just the right size. We now have it so it can fit in to even a very low workbench without interfering with the base joinery.
One restriction when using wooden screws and other expensive vices is they ideally require a very stout bench to go in to, with large legs, big joinery and a thick vice jaw. This vice is just as at home in a more moderate workbench and can go in to a vice jaw down to 45mm.
We’re now including these as standard in all our Little John workbenches and are currently working on the pricing and arrangements for them to be sold as kits.
Update: At the present time we’re not making any workbenches 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.