Finally Installed My Leg Vise

Several years ago, probably more, my wife bought me the Leg Vise shown in the Photo below, at an auction.

It just flat looks ancient to me, and I especially love the metal handle. Shown below are two Photos of the metal handle.

Where Is This Leg Vise Going ?
I just recently finished building a 7 ft x 3 ft workbench. Plan to install this Leg Vise on the left front leg of my new workbench.

Modifications to Workbench
The Photo below shows the workbench, left front leg, where I plan to install the Leg Vise.


As noted in the Photo above, I will have to make the portion of the leg between the top 2 x 6 rail and the bottom 2 x 4 rail, coplanar with the two rails just mentioned.
Shown in the Photo below, is the two-by cut to 15-3/8″ x 6-1/4″ x 1-1/2″, to bring the leg between the top and bottom rails, coplanar with the top and bottom rail faces.

The Photo below shows the two-by which is cut to 8-1/4″ 5-1/2″ x 1-1/2″, to bring the leg section below the bottom rail coplanar with the rest of the leg. Also a rectangular shaped hole will be positioned, as shown in the Photo, for the Parallel Guide (Shown in the first Photo, of this Post).

This next Photo, shows’ a closeup of the rectangular hole, which was drilled and shaped for the Parallel Guide.

This next Photo shows the tools used in drilling and shaping the rectangular shaped hole.

Dimensions, Leg Vise Screw hole, and Parallel Guide rectangular shaped hole, are shown in the Photo below.

Pictured below is the Leg Vise clamped in place.

Next step is to fasten the Vise Nut and wood it’s mounted on, to the backside of the workbench leg. As part of this process, the Leg Vise Screw is threaded thru the Vise Nut. The Vise Nut is fastened to the stationary jaw, of the Leg Vise.

But, first I need to cut the Stationary Jaw, into three pieces as shown in the Photo below. The two end pieces were discarded, and only the center piece with the Vise Nut is retained, for reuse.

The existing metal thread insert, in the center piece (Referenced above) of the Stationary Vise is shown in the Photo below.

The Finished Product
Pictured below is the Leg Vise completely installed, with a piece of two-by clamped between the Leg Vise jaws.

A close-up of the Parallel Guide and associated Pin, is shown in the following Photo.

Sketches &Dimensional Data

Final Thoughts
So far, I have used the Leg Vise, for sawing, hand planing, and dimensioning of wood pieces. The Leg Vise has to date, worked well at holding wood members securely. Plus, the Leg Vise just looks ancient to me, and I like working with ancient looking woodworking tools. Glad I finally got around, to getting it installed.

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Until Next Time, Take Care
AL

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