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With these kits, you can construct a traditional leg vise, a versatile design that combines a large wooden jaw (called a “chop”), a single screw and a broad clamping surface free of guide rods to hold stock in various orientations. The kits come with a Benchcrafted Crisscross, which has scissor-like arms to keep the chop parallel to the leg throughout its travel, eliminating skewing and ensuring full contact with the work. The cast-iron Crisscross supports the heavy chop, taking weight off the screw. This reduces friction and risk of binding, allowing the 1-1/2 lb tommy bar to impart enough momentum that the vise glides closed with just a freehand spin.

The Solo kit is for new bench construction. It uses a version of the Crisscross that has arms mounted on two steel pins, which seat in 3/8" holes bored into the leg and chop with a drill press prior to assembly. The Retro kit, for new or existing benches, includes a Crisscross with two cast-iron brackets that seat in a pair of 1-3/4" x 1-1/2" x 7/8" deep mortises. Minimum leg width is 3" for the Solo and 4" for the Retro. Each requires a leg and chop at least 2-1/2" thick and a minimum of 22-5/8" from the center of the vise screw to the floor.

The hardware is also available without a Crisscross for installation in benches too low to accommodate a Crisscross, or for making an angled leg vise (for a Nicholson-style bench), a face vise or a cantilevered tail vise. All use an Acme-threaded double lead screw that moves the jaw quickly at 1/2" per turn. Travel is 15-1/2" minus the combined thickness of the leg and chop.

Each kit includes the screw, a threaded nut, a 3/8" thick steel flange, suede jaw liners, mounting hardware and installation instructions.

In addition to the individual kits listed here, the hardware is available as part of our full bench-building kits, complete with tail- and front-vise hardware, as well as plans and instructions you can use to construct your own European-style workbench.

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A. Classic Kit, Solo   $395.00 Add to cartOnline: Currently out of stock, expected May 15No store selected - Click to select "My Store"
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B. Classic Kit, Retro   $455.00 Add to cartOnline: AvailableNo store selected - Click to select "My Store"
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C. Classic Leg Vise Hardware only   $255.00 Add to cartOnline: AvailableNo store selected - Click to select "My Store"
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