Leg and tail vises...?!

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Forum topic by mdbohica posted 08-19-2014 12:45 PM 1673 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2014 12:45 PM

Ok, so I am in the planning stages of building my first work bench. It is going to be a hybrid 21st century bench. I have the idea of a removable moxen vise for the one end which leaves me with the leg vise and tail vise.

I must ask, are all the manufacturers for these vises smoking CRACK!? A leg vise is going to cost me between $250-$400 for a screw and pin?? And a decent tail vise starts at $175? Really? So I’ll have $600 in my bench before I buy my first plank? I can see my wife shooting me in the face!

Anybody know where I can get these for cheaper? And, no, I don’t care if it’s Chinese as long as it holds wood…

Thanks guys!!

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 01:31 PM

There are other options…..

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 01:54 PM

These Vises were shared by ‘Shipwright’ (aka Paul M) and are definitely worth a look.

They can be incorporated into almost any laminated bench as you are designing and building your own.

They are easy to build and the cost wont cause your wife to shoot you in the face or any other body parts. ;-)

Thanks again Paul for kindly sharing your vise designs.

Wedge Powered Leg Vise that Works.

A Pair of Simple Ten Dollar Wagon Vises That Work

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

EDIT: Looks like nailbanger2 had the same Great idea.

-- 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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#3 posted 08-19-2014 02:03 PM

Lee valley and lie Nielsen both have leg vise screws for something like $40 and $75 respectively. Its not difficult to make a leg vise starting with only a screw. I also used one of these screws for my tail vise. I think I’ve got about $120 invested altogether.

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#4 posted 08-19-2014 02:47 PM

A $40 vise screw from lee valley will pretty much get you where you need to be for a leg vise. End vises, it depends on what you want. A little ingenuity goes a long way on saving money on vises. The screw is the hard part, most everything else can be made from some steel you buy at lowes to make guides/rails/tracks.

-- -Dan

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#5 posted 08-19-2014 03:11 PM

Ya’ll are freakin’ AWESOME!! I checked out the Lie Nielsen stuff at highland woodworking and Lee Valley who I assumed from previous experiance to only carry really nice/expensive tools. This is what happens when you assume. I can get my vices for 50-100…w00t!!

Thank you all for your help!!

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#6 posted 08-19-2014 03:12 PM

It’s been a long time since I saw a “w00t”. Glad you got what you needed!

-- -Dan

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#7 posted 09-05-2017 04:23 PM

I’ve seen on youtube people converting a scaffolding jack into a vise…

-- Matt, Pennsylvania

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