African Rosewood, Leadwood and Maple Workbench build #4: Pinless Leg Vice

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Blog entry by carrera4s posted 07-15-2020 11:27 AM 501 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I completed the chop for my leg vice.

It is made by gluing two pieces of Leadwood together, then I flattened it with a router sled and Rotex sander. I manually chopped a blind mortice (for the parallel guide) and made the tenon on the router table. It is the first time I did a wedged tenon and was a bit stressed if it will work, but it came out perfectly. I coated everything with 3 coats of Danish oil and added suede leather to the inside clamping area.

I have tested it with a mdf gator initially while I was waiting for brass stock, but have subsequently also finished the brass gator (just need a final sand and polish).

One feature of my leg vice is that it is pin-less – the parallel guide runs below the stretcher and as pressure is applied to the work piece, the guide presses against the stretcher preventing the bottom of the chop to swivel inwards and thereby clamping the work piece tight.

Have a look at my video as to how it works:

And a few photos:

Front view: (the temporary mdf gator was removed to use as template while I was making a brass one)

And with the brass gator:

Side view, about 300 mm (12”) of clamping width:

Chop being glued up:

Router sled:

Blind Mortice with angled sides:

Wedged tenon:

Added some suede leather on the inside (and 3 coats of Danish oil):

Parallel guide going through the leg:

And the guide running on a waxed mild steel flat bar that is attached at the bottom of the stretcher with some WoodRiver UHMW strip for lower friction:

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#1 posted 07-16-2020 04:58 AM

Why doesn’t everyone make their parallel guides this way??!! It makes so much sense!

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