I was looking around and found this site and their work bench vice. The
short videos are wonderful.
Glide Leg Vise
Roubo Bench and a little handy plane work. ;~)
Very nice. But pricey. I wondered some time ago about making a wagon wheel
vise from cheapie parts such as from
MSC lists 3' long lengths of Acme threaded rod for $40; heavy duty hex nut
for $10; 10" handwheels from $40 to $100+, depending on finish. A couple of
rollerblade wheels and some assorted hardware rounds out the the leg vise.
It helps if you have a metal lathe to turn down the rod ends and bore the
The significant difference is the parallel guide and its support rollers. I
imagine you can backfit rollers onto any old leg vise and get similarly good
results. Rollerblade wheels are dirt cheap (almost), at $6 each with ABEC5
With all that said, just the raw parts adds up to about $150, and still
needs some non-trivial machining on the handwheel and threaded rod and nut.
Maybe a packaged solution for $350 isn't so completely horrible. Galooting
sure isn't cheap.
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