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Project by kiefer posted 03-09-2014 02:16 AM 8184 views 37 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the background story of how I got to the Kiefer leg vise ( V2+V3 ).
The pictures are left to right V3 V2 V1

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 03-09-2014 02:38 AM

That is sweet !.....Excellent work !....I see this as being very much liked and commented on…Thank you for sharing….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 03-09-2014 02:55 AM

That is really ingenious stuff! Wow. About 10 steps above my pay grade, but I love the engineering! What’s next??

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 04:06 AM

Keifer—Outstanding vise. I have several questions:

1 – What function does the threaded rods have?

2 – What keeps the beams from sliding in the leg when you press on the clamp pedal?

3 – How much clearance does the holes in which the beams slide have?

4 – What is the relationship between the bottom of the beam and the threaded rods? Are the rods even with the bottom of the beam?

Version #3 is great. Looked at the video. Saw version #3 once but it disappeared from YouTube.

Thanks for the videos.

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

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#4 posted 03-09-2014 04:24 AM

I guess I arrived a bit too late. I understand the. V-II fine and I think it is brilliant. I really want to see the obviously even more brilliant (dazzling ?) V-III but the video is a no go. Could you repost the link please.
You’ve done some really great outside the box work here buddy, you deserve all the kudos you will be getting for this.

Well done.

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

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#5 posted 03-09-2014 04:57 AM

After watching the video now I see hoe it works.

Really impressive Kiefer. You are an inventor my friend.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 03-09-2014 05:39 AM

You absolutely blow me away with your creativeness. Great job buddy and thanks for the videos. Very helpful

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 03-09-2014 08:47 AM

Not only impressive as a vise but timely… I’m coaching our school’s Science Olympiad Simple Machines team which deals with … you guessed it: types of levers. I can show the kids another practical application of a type 1 lever.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 03-09-2014 11:47 AM

Wow Kiefer, just downright ingenious! favorite!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#9 posted 03-09-2014 12:40 PM

Super fine.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 03-09-2014 01:56 PM

Thanks for all your work and thanks foe posting.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 03-09-2014 02:20 PM

Kiefer your innovation will make a cabinetmaker’s bench more realistic for woodworkers every where! It would have saved me more than $300 to use this approach. Brilliant!!!

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

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#12 posted 03-09-2014 02:26 PM

Very ingenious

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#13 posted 03-09-2014 02:27 PM

Wow! Call a patent attorney.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#14 posted 03-09-2014 03:26 PM

Looks gread and well crafted. Clever ideas here. Hat’s off. It must have been fun to design and build it. Thanks for sharing this.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#15 posted 03-09-2014 06:19 PM


Nice engineering and craftsmanship with that Kiefer attention to detail. I didn’t know what you and Paul were talking about re: classes of levers and your explanation was helpful. I have been able to access Video 3 without problems and I watched it through.

I have used pine as stair treads in my little Cau Haus shop and I didn’t seal it. The soft wood has worn away. You had access to some nice (looks pretty close to #1 grade?) pine. The extra touches ( like where you put the chops in the vise, and refinements on this bench put it far and away above most of the postings I have seen. Is the pedal is made from a hard wood?

You really have a lot of great freebies in this thing? And I really would like to have your “lying around the shop” stuff I’m thinking that the cost of material would be much higher?

Maybe have someone you know do a sketch up? There are a “lot” of engineering details that came ” out of your head” LOL! Then most people who want this piece of art to build can do it.

I’m thinking you could do a few more video’s in the future now that I’m a subscriber? :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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