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Project by kiefer posted 03-07-2014 12:33 AM 12177 views 39 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my new bench and the new leg vise I have been working on ,finally done and ready for play .The leg vise is my new design which is completely different from the one I posted using the timing belt .
There was a comment from Paul/shipwright that stated that the leg vise hag a class three lever action and that got me thinking and I went to my scratch pad to see if I could not come up with a class one lever design .
After many redesigns and modifications to the original vise that I had built I finally built this one and it is very simple .

This is the first leg vise to use a class one lever system as far as I have been able to determine which makes me feel proud and a big thanks to Paul to pointing out this fact and get me thinking .
The big advantage is that both my hands are free to hold and place the work piece in the vise and using my foot to do the clamping and the vise is a quick release at all times without any additional lever to operate ,just slide in or out at will.
The leg vise uses threaded rod and coupling nuts to lock which are activated by only one pedal which does the locking and clamping in one operation .
I simply open the vise to whatever size I need and then push it closed with my leg (LEG VISE )
and then step on the pedal to clamp the work piece .
The reason I used threaded rod instead of a timing belt is that this design generated more clamping pressure and the cogs on the belt started to squish under pressure on this design.
Well this turned out nice and in the end and I deleted the handle /hand wheel the previous locking pedal and wound up with one pedal to do all the work and my hands are totally free to place the work piece and my leg and foot do the clamping .
The bench also has another vise on the right end which was given to me and is fitted with a maple chop about 19” x6”and will have a leather face ,it size covers the front and centre row of dog holes .
I would have liked it to go across the whole end but this will have to do.
The bench is built from 2”x6” SPF lumber and some Jatoba for the ends .
A pretty straight forward build but nice and solid and fairly heavy nice and flat and that’s what matters .
I made a couple bench dogs and with some other accessories there should be plenty of clamping options .
The size of the bench is 29 1/2” x62” and 38 1/2” high .
A sliding dead man will come later and the shop stool works real nice .
If there is interest in the vise I will do a video of how it works so let me know what you think .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 03-07-2014 12:47 AM

really nice.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 03-07-2014 12:49 AM


If there is interest? I’m hoping you have the video done, cause you will be swamped with requests. We will know it’s yours but I think copyrighting the masterwork would be warranted.

I’m practicing patience LOL but this is eye candy sir.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 03-07-2014 12:50 AM

Wonderful work my friend.
That bench is as beautiful to look at as it is functional, I am sure.l.
Your exceptionally well built vise and those Jatoba end pieces are stand outs for sure.
Something tells me many nice projects are going to be coming off this bench !

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#4 posted 03-07-2014 12:51 AM

The dovetailed end is Kiefer!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 03-07-2014 12:54 AM

Very nice, Kiefer. +1 for the video.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 03-07-2014 12:59 AM

Very nice indeed. The dovetail ends are super. I would love to see a video cause I only have two hands.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 03-07-2014 01:06 AM

Very nice bench. Especially like the leg vise. Now I just have to figure out how it works. Video would help. Also a diagram of the leg vise and some side pictures would be good too. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 03-07-2014 01:44 AM

That is a real sweetheart of a bench and the pedal is just way to cool…....NICE!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 03-07-2014 01:45 AM

Thats one really nice work bench Kiefer !!!

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#10 posted 03-07-2014 01:49 AM

Beautiful work Kiefer! I love the dovetail ends ,the vise and leg vise, the seat, the table layout, The massiveness of the top, I could look at this bench all day! Be proud buddy you did it again! It’s perfect!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 03-07-2014 01:49 AM

Well Done, I’m waiting for the video/diagram also.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#12 posted 03-07-2014 01:59 AM

Great job Klaus. I knew this would be worth waiting for.
There are lots of ways to skin the kitty and yours is elegant in the extreme.
I don’t think either of us are putting a lot of fear into the big bench hardware manufacturers but we are proving that it’s not necessary to spend the big bucks to get a functional bench.
I love your leg vice, absolutely brilliant.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 03-07-2014 02:18 AM

Very well done Sir. We need more pictures of the leg vise contraption.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#14 posted 03-07-2014 03:04 AM

Way cool!

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#15 posted 03-07-2014 04:16 AM

Amazing! +1 on the video request!

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

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