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With these Benchcrafted glide vise kits, you can construct a versatile leg vise 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. Two versions are available, each supplied 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 8-1/4" diameter cast-iron handwheel to impart enough momentum that the vise glides closed with just a freehand spin.

The Solo kits are for new bench construction. Both use 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 kits, for new or existing benches, include 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. All require a leg and chop at least 2-1/2" thick and a minimum of 22-5/8" from the center of the screw to the floor.

The kits are available with two styles of cast-iron handwheel. The 10-1/2 lb Glide C wheel has a sandcast texture and knobs made of resin-impregnated beech. The Glide M version weighs 9-1/2 lb and is ground and polished to a smooth finish. It has knobs made of resin-impregnated cherry. An Acme-threaded double lead screw moves the jaw quickly (1/2" per turn). Travel is 15-1/2" minus the thickness of the leg and chop.

Each kit includes the lead screw, a threaded nut and handwheel, suede jaw liners, a 3/8" thick steel flange, 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. Solo Kit, Cast Wheel   $499.00 Add to cartOnline: AvailableNo store selected - Click to select "My Store"
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B. Solo Kit, Machined Wheel   $590.00 Add to cartOnline: AvailableNo store selected - Click to select "My Store"
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C. Retro Kit, Cast Wheel   $559.00 Add to cartOnline: Limited quantitiesNo store selected - Click to select "My Store"
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D. Retro Kit, Machined Wheel   $650.00 Add to cartOnline: Limited quantitiesNo store selected - Click to select "My Store"
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