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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I thought of getting a benchcraft leg vise but in order to do that I need a new workbench. Your video of the install has helped to push me over the edge.
I’m glad you enjoyed it. It seems to work as well as the glide vise, but I like the more traditional look of the Classic.
I had a really nice Dylan tune lined up for this video. I checked Youtube’s music library to ensure that it wouldn’t get my video blocked….song wasn’t even in the database. I uploaded the video, only to find that Youtube had automatically muted it due to copyright. …had to redo the sound and re-upload the video.