V8 Degree wedge powered workbench #7: Installing the Leg Vice and Finishing up.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 09-09-2012 11:30 PM 28352 reads 26 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The leg vice is so simple as to be self explanatory and its installation likewise, to the point that you can install it and uninstall it in less than a minute. This is nice on those occasions when you don’t want a vice in the way of your work table.

For the above reasons I will keep the descriptions short and just show you some detail photos. This one is the fully operational vice.

This one shows the assembly removed from the bench. You can see the mortise for the wedge has been formed by ripping the wedge log in three and reassembling it after removing the wedge hole. This is held only by hot hide glue, no mechanical fasteners.

The lower brace and the wheel are both on pins made of 3/8” threaded rod with a slot cut on one end for a screwdriver. The hole on top is 3/8” and the one underneath is a little smaller. The rod will self thread. The lower holes are at 1/2” intervals in three staggered rows. The holes in the wedge log are at 1” intervals in two rows. All are 3/8” diameter.

The deadman is self explanatory. It has a box joint at the corner and a dog hole in the top. it stores nicely on a stretcher underneath. There is a 3/4” spacer for the vice to make up for the thickness of the deadman being on the outside of the bench top.

All that’s left is to trim up the ends of the trough and finish the visible plywood behind the vice. Here one end of the trough is already glued in place and the other is being shaped in the leg vice. You can see that the remaining visible plywood on the back of the leg vice has been covered with 1/4” arbutus. The trough length was determined by the length of material I had available to line it, hence the plywood showing inside the end compartments. The trough ends are curved for easy blowing or wiping out.

The end compartments are finished off with a router rebate and a 1/4” arbutus top. They will serve to hold the shims and dogs, hence.. dog houses.

About the little inlay around the vices….. It too is a result of my available material being a tad too short. I could go back to the mill and buy more arbutus or …. make lemonade….. and since I was doing it anyway, I took the opportunity to make some already quite acceptable fits around the vises look just a little better.

So that’s it ! All done.

If I’ve missed anything, let me know.

I will post the sketchup when it is ready… I won’t rush an artist at work. I’ve seen Rance’s preliminaries and they are so much better than mine. The finished SU will be worth waiting a few days for… trust me.

As always, questions, comments and critiques are welcome and if you decide to build one of these or even just use the vices, please keep me posted and I’ll help any way I can.


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

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 11:44 PM

Very nice bench Paul! Thanks for sharing with all of us!!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 09-10-2012 12:01 AM

That is, without a doubt, the most advanced and fantastic work bench/vise there is, Paul. I’m keeping all the details til when I’m ready to make one. Again, THANX, Paul.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 09-10-2012 12:09 AM

Well, I was thinking of making a New Fangled Workbench as in Fine Woodworking by John White…
... just to have something (anything) better than what I have now.

I’m now thinking of using Some of the features here in some way… a lot to think about & study.

Thank you again for your great work.

I’m looking forward to the SU… and yes, one does NOT want to rush an artist… so, artist, just take your time and do it right… Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 09-10-2012 12:09 AM

Sweet. So is that nice PC ROS… :)

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

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#5 posted 09-10-2012 12:15 AM

Looks like a masterpiece from here!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 09-10-2012 12:16 AM

Yeah I’m thinking of building one, using epoxy and and finishing are not my strong suites but this is a great functional bench that needs reproduction. Thanks for the blog and the initial post.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#7 posted 09-10-2012 01:12 AM

Makes me wish I needed a new workbench. Your attention to details makes this another Shipwright Original. Congrats on another outstanding project.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 09-10-2012 01:52 AM

I Love this “Leg Vice” as it is Well thought out, imaginative…and waaaaay beyond me. VERY NICE!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 09-10-2012 04:21 AM

Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!!!
Encore, Encore Encore!!!

For your encore, may I suggest building another bench & sending it my way!!! Lol.

Fantastic design, execution, documentation, BENCH!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 09-10-2012 12:13 PM

Very well done and explained. A great bench for any woodworker!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 09-10-2012 12:16 PM

Very nice Paul.
Beautiful and imaginative work.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 09-10-2012 04:41 PM


Posts, Blogs, Pics, Instructions, Engineering, Execution, Bench, Vices, Fit & Finish all well done.

Great stimulus for the gray matter between the ears. ;-)

Thanks for Sharing. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#13 posted 09-10-2012 08:23 PM

Wow, who says hide glue isn’t strong! Great pics, thanks for sharing.

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

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#14 posted 09-10-2012 08:35 PM

That’s nice of you to offer your help when asked, your
assistance and generosity are appreciated, thank you Paul.

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#15 posted 09-11-2012 12:15 AM

Thanks everyone.

  • Mauricio*,.........No one in the know says that.

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

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