Roubo Build: Installing the Bench Crafted Classic Leg Vise with Criss-Cross Retro
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
The past weeks have been hectic, but I was finally able to get the Bench Crafted classic leg vise installed. The installation was a little daunting, but careful layout ensured a good fit.
I started laying out the criss-cross mortises by marking where I wanted the bottom of the chop on the leg. From there, I was able to mark out the mortise and vise screw locations. Then, I carefully transferred my lines to the chop. I roughed out the mortises on the drill press. I cleaned them up with a plunge router and chisel.
With the mortises complete, I fit the retro brackets and marked the machine screw holes. I bored out pilot holes on the drill press, and then tapped them with a 5/16-inch bottoming tap. Everything came together nicely.
Next, I bored a counter-bore in the leg for the acetal bushing. I finished boring the holes for the vise screw and gave everything a test fit. Then, it was only a matter of attaching the rest of the hardware.
If I had to do it over again, I would have used a larger router bit to clean up the criss-cross mortises. Cleaning up the bottom of the mortises in six or seven passes was time-consuming. I still have to shape the chop, but that will be the easy part.
Next up, draw boring. Stay tuned.
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