Leg Vice (De-)Evolution
I’ve spent a lot of time lately developing Crosses and Shafts for a pin less leg vice. So it’s been easy for me to loose sight of just how good the simple original really is.
This traditional vice has always been one of my favourite types of face vice. Mainly because no matter what I threw at it, the job would be done, and clamped ten times as strong as I would ever need.
Once I began to sell workbenches, I wanted to recommend traditional forms of work-holding. I felt that there’d be some persuasion needed to encourage others to choose this particular historic relic, over the modern faces vices they’re used to.
Perceived as a hassle to use; with it’s parallel guide and pin, the humble leg vice needed a make over. We took it through several stages of development, and the current ‘Shaft System’ is certainly winning people around.
Back To Tradition
Today though, I fitted a leg vice in a way that I hadn’t attempted in quite some time. I went back to tradition and used just a simple parallel guide and that unsung hero, the ’pin’.
I had expected this leg vice to disappoint, but instead it made me question just why I needed to alter it in the first place!
Ok, so the shaft does make the vice super smooth and pin less, but for something so humble, today’s leg vice really did work a treat. I would certainly advice anyone who thinks that building with a ‘pinless’ leg vice is a touch on the expensive side, not to dismiss this vice in its original and simple form!
P.S I’m being completely honest here. So I can’t avoid adding that a large diameter wooden screw, really is in a league of its own within any vice. If you do feel like splashing out with your leg vice, sod the pinless systems and opt for a wooden screw!
david barron says
I couldn’t agree more. The wooden screw feels nice, looks good and grips like a lion. All the best, David.
Hans Hazendonk says
I like this vice, and would like to have it on the workbench I’m building right now. So is there any chance you could send me information about installation/building this vice please?
Thank you in advance.
warren williamson says
where can i buy this leg vice ?
peter miller says
make it yourself. Easy and very satisfying.
Kenneth Parker says
I am building a work bench now an would like to have more info on
Humble leg visr
Looking at that picture of the leg vice, I wonder if a ratchet at the bottom could replace the adjusting pin? A hinged, toothed arm that you can reset simply by lifting with your foot to adjust the distance.
Darrell Stone says
Please do a video build of this workbench. It is just what’s needed for a limited space workshop.
René L TOrres M says
I like your comment about this traditional leg vice ,I have metal screw kit that I acquire 40 years ago and used in my mechanic shop and intent to use it on a wood workbench,I will appreciate if I can get some help from you to hhow to go about building one.