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!