Leg Vise for "The Woodworker's Mistress"

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Project by FJPetruso posted 10-19-2011 04:09 AM 14116 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Leg Vise for “The Woodworker’s Mistress”

In a past project I posted an Antique Ohio Tool Company Leg Vise Screw that I overhauled. I used this vise screw to make the Leg Vise for my new woodworking bench, The Woodworker's Mistress.

Along with the Board Jack I decided to add another bit of humor to my bench. In designing the “Chop” for the vise I wanted to make the leg vise, or part of the leg vise, actually look like a woman’s leg. I wanted to keep it in the spirit of the Leg Lamp in the movie “A Christmas Story“ yet still have a fully functional vise. Since the lower part of the leg vise chop is basically used as an outrigger I made the curvy leg portion out of the portion of the chop below the vise screw.

The rest of the vise is made pretty close to the plans in the November ‘09 issue of Popular Woodworking. Although I did make a roller guide with a wooden bell-crank & a wooden adjustment screw to help keep the vise operating level & smooth. And the Parallel Guide is retained with two wedges. I used a piece of 3/8” steel rod for a parallel guide pin & turned a maple handle with a copper ferrule.

I also made a Crochet for a planing stop when clamping boards on edge in the vise. I used three brass threaded inserts on the front of the bench top so the crochet could be used in two positions if necessary. The handle knobs were made out of hardwood “doll heads” from Michael’s Craft Store. They were real cheap, about a buck & a quarter each. All I did was bore a hole in them with a 1” forstner bit & glue them to the handle after it was inserted into the vise screw.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 10-19-2011 10:52 AM

I love that leg vise!
It brings a sweet smile.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 12:10 PM

I dig it! Hopefully this comment board fills with light-hearted remarks, and nobody gets too upset. Nice work!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#3 posted 10-19-2011 12:37 PM

Beautifull ! The stocking sets off the effect nicely.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 10-19-2011 01:33 PM

Awesome, looks like you have a leg up on woodworking !!! (couldn’t resist it) LOL

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#5 posted 10-19-2011 01:58 PM

Nice touch should have LJ Roman build her a glass slipper…lol thank for post very unique…BC

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#6 posted 10-19-2011 07:10 PM

Wow, what a super job! A real looker to be sure. It will be a real shame to have to use it and get it dirty. (-:


-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 10-19-2011 10:36 PM

So cool!!!! Someone had to do it!!!!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 10-20-2011 04:07 AM

It’s good to see that my leg vise got a few chuckles & smiles. So far, no “PC” types have become too spastic.

Hey BC… I was thinking about giving the leg vise a “Spike Heel”... But if the heel broke off I didn’t want that leg limping around my shop.

For the “Stocking” I masked off the areas where the heel, toe & thigh were & used pecan stain to darken the wood. A hand rubbed beeswax, linseed oil & mineral spirits finish was used for the whole bench.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#9 posted 10-30-2011 05:31 AM

Sweet Jesus I love the look of this vise! That’s a lifetime tool there sir! Well made!

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