Around the Shop #10: Finally, a leg vice.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 04-09-2012 08:55 PM 11787 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Sanding blocks made from Stanley plane parts. Part 10 of Around the Shop series Part 11: A vintage Wheel drive for the leg vise »

Finally, a package with my vintage vice screw (thanks Smitty)

And maybe some of you remember some wood I got. It was 2” thick, about 9” wide and consisted of oak, birch and polar. I’m not sure what it was cut for, but it was headed for a fireplace. It has been outside for a while, so it has a rustic look.

Well one of the pieces of oak seemed to have Leg Vice written all over it.

So, grab the #6 and start to straighten it up.

Make it nice with the Veritas scraper.

Round the edges with the Sargent 5206

Countersink the screw. Note the mark on the drill for the proper depth.

Mark and cut the taper

Again the #6 to clean up the bandsaw marks.

Grab the #3 to round over the bottom.

Drilled the Leg, counter sunk the screw and attached.
Made the positioning pieces for the bottom.

Gave it a good coat of BLO.

And I now have a Leg vice. FINALLY

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 09:00 PM

I need to find a chunk of firewood that thick.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 09:00 PM

Awesome Don. I can’t wait to see you put it to use.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 09:05 PM

Nice, that is a very interesting parallel guide you made, I’ve never seen one like that. So it just skates over the floor?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 09:05 PM

NICE Don! i’d like to know more about your parallel guide at the bottom! That leg vise should work perfectly. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 09:16 PM

It looks like it’s always been there, fits right in.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Don W

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#6 posted 04-09-2012 09:16 PM

I had to devise the parallel guide around my existing bench legs. Like this:

So here are some close ups.

Here I planned to threw bolt, but I didn’t have any so I just screwed it. I still think I will pick up a 1/4” bolt to go threw the whole piece.

When the block in the center hits the leg, the vice is parallel, so the pin isn’t needed. I need to drill one more set of holes, just to hold (store) the pin.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 04-09-2012 10:37 PM

Very nice addition. It should work well for you.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 04-09-2012 11:18 PM

Oh, so nice! :-)

Great to see it in it’s new home, looks great!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 11:12 AM

Lovely work !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Don W

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 01:18 PM

And finally the upgrade.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 01-21-2013 01:29 PM


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