With proper installation, the Classic with Crisscross operates with virtually zero friction. A bench vise should not be a source for frustration, but rather, function as an integral element in the flow of your work, much like a finely-tuned smoothing plane, allowing you to focus on the work itself. Iron face vises provide around 4 inch (100 mm) of workable depth from the top of the bench to the screw and guide rods. We highly recommend that you NOT begin installation without all vise hardware in your possession. Assembling notice: Aside from the typical woodworking tools required to build the wood components of the vise and install it, you'll need some tools who not every woodworker in Continental Europe will usually have as they are in imperial (inch) measurements. In case you do not want to bother with imperial taps and you have metric taps at hand we offer this stainless metric screw set which you can use instead of the imperial screws. In the 19th and early 20th century, many vocational schools and commercial shops in France and its colonies were outfitted with Roubo-style benches and metal leg vise hardware.
Face vises are generally used for a relatively narrow range of thicknesses, but when used in wider positions, the convenience of opening the jaws quickly and efficiently is a plus. Radiused Hub and Flange: The mating surfaces of the flange and hub are machined to a 5a€? radius. Balanced Handle: The sliding handle is machined with a v-groove detent centered along its length. Parkerized Finish: The Classic is made from machined steel, but Benchcrafted wanted it to have the look of darkly patinated forged hardware.
The Crisscross: The Classic is designed to be used with the Benchcrafted Crisscross for best function. Angled Leg Vises: The Classic Crisscross, or Classic Hardware Only will both work well for angled leg vises, as found on English-style workbenches. Something important to think about in your decision: The Crisscross Solo can only be recommended to someone who has, or has access to, a large precision drill press (100% straight with no wobble in the shaft). The Crisscross Retro features two cast iron brackets which house short pivot pins that attach to the arms. Traditional "moving-block" tail vises have some disadvantages that limit the usefulness of this area of the bench. The vise is also prone to sagging with use and wear, which causes all sorts of problems for clamping between dogs. The Benchcrafted Tail Vise is also much easier to install than traditional tail vises, since it eliminates the task of building the complex wood superstructure around the vise hardware. The BENCHCRAFTED Tail Vise is extremely robust, precise, and operates smoothly and effortlessly.
Clamping between dogs is the main task of any tail vise, and the Benchcrafted Tail Vise excels at this task. Vertical clamping between vise jaws can be easily accomplished with this vise, and when lined with the included suede leather, the grip is tenacious. The BENCHCRAFTED Moxon Vise clamps to any bench, raising your workpiece to a convenient height and holding it rock-solid. Purchasing the hardware only allows you to build other Moxon-style vises with different configurations.
Typical captive nut arrangements for knockdown bases involve either a square nut, recessed hex nut, or short, slotted cross-dowels.
The BENCHCRAFTED barrel nuts and end cap barrel nuts are the ideal choise for making knock-down joints in workbench bases. The set of 4 zinc-plated steel Barrel Nuts are over 2 inch (50 mm) long and are slightly undersized (25 mm) to fit easily in a 1 inch (25.4 mm) diameter hole, making it quick and easy to mill the joint and then assemble the base.
This Split Top Roubo bench plan is based on Andre Roubo's bench from Plate 11 of L'Art du Menuisier, with the added capabilities of the BENCHCRAFTED vises. The measured drawings consist of four 20 inch x 30 inch (508 x 762 mm) printed pages, showing the bench in numerous views, exploded, and with details of each part.
Additionally here you find design info, construction notes and techniques, and photos of the completed bench. This Shaker Bench plan is is designed in collaboration with furniture and plane maker Ron Brese. BENCHCRAFTED developed this plan so woodworkers could build a bench using the BENCHCRAFTED Tail Vise and Glide Leg Vise without having to figure out all the details. The measured drawings consist of six 20 inch x 30 inch (508 x 762 mm) printed pages, showing the bench in numerous views, exploded, and with details of each part.
One of the regulars at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking is building a workbench using Richard Maguire hardware from the United Kingdom. The Maguire Single Wooden Screw is similar in quality to the high-quality screws being made in the United States now.
The Maguire Wagon Vice, as you can see, has some similarities to the Benchcrafted tail vise. The most fascinating piece of hardware is the Maguire Pinless Leg Vice, which is quite a bit of precision engineering.

Chris is a contributing editor to Popular Woodworking Magazine and the publisher at Lost Art Press. The post says he angled the linear bearing approximately 1 degree I’m assuming to give some extra clamping power? Ages ago at the catalog store that Garrett-Wade had in downtown Manhattan they had on display European benches with large white plastic screws in the bench vises.
I then drilled a 1” hole in the center of the wheel hub and also drilled a set screw hole which I then threaded to hold the rod into the wheel. And by lock ring I am talking about a stainless steel ring with a 1” bore and a set screw.
Lookin good, i get off work in a couple days, so probably hit up gastenal when i get there, need to see if they can get me a bandsaw blade for my granpas old craftsman 3 wheel bandsaw .. DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. This vise uses a clever combination of components to deliver incredible clamping force with minimal human effort. The Glide Leg Vise Base Hardware must be paired either with a Crisscross Solo or with a Crisscross Retro.">(Picture Glide M Box Content)Note: Cross parts not included! Also we recommend to read the chapter about tapping holes in wood for machine screws (instructions page 19) as it is not so common to do this in Europe. French hardware is typically made entirely of metal, whereas hardware from Britain and America usually features a T-shaped iron casting fitted with a sliding wooden handle. Depending on pitch, these can function slowly, but with precision and control, or more quickly. Ergonomics can accomplish this, as with the massive handwheel of the Glide Leg Vise, or speed, as in the case of the Classic, which uses a double-lead acme screw. This allows the parts to nest together and distribute clamping pressure over a wider area, especially when holding slightly non-parallel work. This detent engages with a stainless steel spring plunger in the center of the hub, allowing one to quickly center the handle and thus balance it to spin rapidly for quick, gross adjustments.
The Crisscross completely supports the weight of the Classic hardware and a wooden chop while completely eliminating the need to adjust a pin (parallel guide). Because of the off-vertical forces placed on the Crisscross mechanism, you'll experience a slight reduction in friction-free action.
The Classic Leg Vise must be paired either with a Crisscross Solo or with a Crisscross Retro.
These holes are most accurately drilled using a drill press, so choose this model if you're building a new bench, and can work on the bench leg at the drill press. It is impossible to achieve the accuracy needed with any kind of drill stand or by hand drilling. You don't need to drill any holes for pivot pins with the Retro, which makes it a better choice if you're retrofitting a bench with a Crisscross. Mallet work, such as mortising or chopping dovetails over the vise can damage the mechanism over a short time.
Once the vise starts to sag, often it will raise up above the surface of the bench when tightening, raising up the workpiece with it. The area of the bench around the vise can be used in the same way as the rest of the bench.
We think the significant advantages of the wagon vise more than make up for the lack of the open-front jaws of the traditional "moving-section" tail vise. The BENCHCRAFTED tail vise (this type of vise is also called wagon vise) is designed around a Roubo-style bench with a top thickness of 4 inch (100 mm) or greater. If you cut dovetails and other joints by hand, this is a vise that will completely change your experience in the shop.
If you build small furniture or boxes for example, you may want to build a vise with less space between screws.
All of these fasteners make it tricky to assemble the joint without some frustration or extra tools. The Benchcrafted Shaker bench plans are based on extant examples of Shaker workbenches such as the famous Hancock bench and the bench at Mt. Did the installation instructions for the Maguire indicate that or is it strictly parallel? Has anyone just bought a tail vise screw from Lee Valley for $37.50 and just replace the handle with a hand wheel?
Leg vises are also more powerful due to the large lever provided by the lower position of the parallel guide.
Commonly used on high quality hunting rifles, Parkerizing (or Manganese Phosphate) is a process which darkens the raw steel, which is first sandblasted, while also providing wear resistance and lubricity. The resulting mechanism not only maintains a parallel opening, but also supports the weight of itself, the vise screw, and the chop. You must understand that a 9.5 mm hole for the pin must be drilled through the 24 cm wide chop of the leg vise.

You can also use the Retro in a new bench, even if you have access to a drill press, if you'd prefer the installation method of the Retro. However, the large gap of the open jaws can make for a large unsupported area below workpieces, and this can cause some problems when planing, especially with shorter pieces.
Plus, there is no unsupported area that open jaws create, except on very narrow workpieces. The heavy wheel allows you to rapidly spin the dog block into position and the rosewood knob provides a comfortable grip. This will make the vise easier to mount to your bench and store.You can also build a benchtop bench with the Moxon vise hardware.
The protruding end of the nut, with it's V-groove for grip, lets you insert and adjust it with a free hand while tightening the bolt with the other-you don't need a tool to insert or rotate the nut. If you are living in the metric world you need to multiply every number by 25.4 or alterate the plans. The metal carrier for the dog block moves back and forth on round rails instead of square slots. Installation of this vise seems quite simple compared to some others — They sure would make Roubo jealous! Without the two guide rods of the iron vise, workpieces can be held right up against the screw, virtually eliminating racking and providing a better overall grip. Researching extant vises and benches, Benchcrafted discovered a number of features that have all but disappeared from modern vise manufacture. The process is more expensive than black oxide, yielding a more durable surface with an attractive dull black-gray look. Benchcrafted does not recommend building your vise any more than 15 degrees off the vertical axis if using the Classic Crisscross. The screw doesn't extend past the end of the bench when the vise is opened, making this vise a great choice for cramped shops. Grasping the rim of the wheel allows precise, controlled pressure to be exerted when approaching final position. Once you feel the bolt threading into the Barrel Nut, finish tightening the joint with a socket wrench. Incorporating the traditional workholding elements of the leg vise, tail vise and sliding deadman Benchcrafted vises are incorporated into the design that works better than historical examples while keepeing the classic look and high function of the Shaker aesthetic. The only solution that really works (in my experience) has been the threaded caps from Lake Erie Toolworks.
In looking at the installation instructions for the Maguire, I think this assembly makes it easier to install – though I won’t know for sure until I try it myself. The auxiliary wood jaws necessary for iron vises are unnecessary with a leg vise since the vise itself, along with the bench's leg and top, forms the jaws of the vise. Otherwise they tend to be clumsy, slow, and they can interfere with your work and your body. They have incorporated these, plus a few of theirs own, into the design of the Classic Leg Vise. Tapping and threading metal for double-lead screws is risky and costly, as the thread is very aggressive, and massive amounts of material must be removed. A tighter setting makes it easier and quicker to center up the handle, but may inhibit the handle from sliding as freely. A rub down with fine steel wood and a coat of light oil helps give the parts a vintage look, further lubricate, and provide excellent corrosion protection. The hole must be drilled in from both sides and, naturally, must be exactly aligned to meet in the middle. There is a sweet spot that allows quick engaging with the spring plunger, and free sliding simultaneously. The board for the chop must be absolutely square and flat, and the layout and marking for the holes must be precisely done. The area around the vise will always remain as flat as the rest of the bench, since the "moving block" section of the traditional tail vise is eliminated. Benchcrafted has engineered the Glide to deliver rock-solid workholding without the need for the big lever of a tommy bar. Even though there is a little more router work involved in installing the Crisscross Retro, its design allows for slightly lower tolerances in layout and machining, and it is much easier to install, even though it is a little more expensive than the Solo model.
The wooden dog block (example pictured below, not included) will be customer-made to conform to individual dog hole dimenstions and bench species and thickness. The hand wheel provides a fast, ergonomic means to adjust the vise and it will never get in your way.
The spring plunger also allows repositioning of the handle so ita€™s not interfering with your work or your body.

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  1. ypa

    Let me have the fun of trying and trying once more.


  2. Lady_Sexy

    And their dad and mom without making a lot of dumb mistakes.