What is the purpose of a leg vise?

What is the purpose of a leg vise?

It uses two arms that are pinned to the jaw and leg at the top and connected to each other with a pin at the mid-point of the arms. The bottom of each arm rides against metal plates inset into the jaw and leg. This mechanism allows the jaws to be held parallel regardless of how wide the vise is opened.

How thick should a leg vise be?

You want something thick enough that it will not deflect, long enough that you can use a lot of leverage on it, and wide enough to clamp larger pieces. For hardwoods you want at least 1.5″ thick and for soft woods I would not go less than 2.5″. Make it as long as your bench top to a few inches off the ground.

How is a leg vise attached to a bench?

A Delrin bearing is screwed into a counter-bored hole in the front of the bench leg or apron and supports the weight of the vise jaw. The Leg Vise handle is attached to the shaft with a quick release pin which allows the jaw to be removed entirely in seconds.

How do you make a leg vise out of wood?

I start by drawing the shape of a bowtie on a scrap of hard maple this can be almost any shape you want. with a marking knife and some carpet tape, I mark out the shape on the slab. then use a brace and bit and chisel to remove the waste. Next, Glue it in place. When dry plane it close to flat and use a card scraper to clean the surface.

Is the leg vise with no parallel guide or garter?

The leg vise is perhaps the most unusual feature of this circa 1768 workbench. As shown in Plate 11, the vise has neither a parallel guide, nor a garter. Also unusual: the vise’s jaw is quite close to the floor. When I built this vise, I had misgivings about missing these features – the parallel guide and garter – I am so fond of.

Which is the best vise for woodworking?

“The 2 basic kits I received are akin to functional art. Material and workmanship are of the highest quality. Until one sees in person what you do, they are missing out on the full experience.” “Your Moxon vise is tougher than a Maine boiled owl!!!