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" × 1 1/2" × 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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