Friday, February 7, 2014

Benchcrafted Classic Leg Vise - First Look





We've been hard at work getting the first run of our new Classic Leg Vise ready for sale. Our goal was to have loads of vises on the shelf ready to go, make a fancy announcement, throw open the gates, sell out, then retire to a private island in the Caribbean. I thinks its safe to say we'll get close to at least one of those. Fancy announcements are cheap and easy.

The reality is, we've been tweaking one aspect of the vise that we wanted to really get right. And its taking longer than we anticipated. But this week we nailed it. All that's left to do is get all the bits of fasteners kitted up and the vises packaged. We hope to be ready to start selling these by the end of the month.

We'll have more info on the Classic in the coming weeks, including pricing and availability. And maybe even a fancy announcement.








13 comments:

  1. Seriously, sometimes I wish I'd been born in a time when i could sign up at a trade school to learn cabinetmaking or furniture making and walk into a room with 30 benches lined up like that.

    Anxiously awaiting your classic leg vice info, Jameel.

    Cheers,

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  2. That looks awesome. I rarely get tool envy but that is nice.

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    1. Speaking of "tool envy", check out from 00:11 - 00:29 where we get to see the new vise with the massive FORP vise in the background. :)

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  3. Man, that is sweet! I've got no need to replace my glide wheel, but that sure does look nice. Really looking forward to a close up view of the set screw mechanism / handle detent. It looks like you've got some nice positive feedback when you get to the center of the handle.

    Great work.

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  4. ...and just in time to build a second bench for the classroom. Very nice Jameel.

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  5. Forget the fancy announcements or any packaging... Just send me one already! :-)

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  6. I have the criss-cross glide on my leg vise (with a wooden screw), and I absolutely love it. The metal screw has the advantage of being able to spin as shown in the video, but I never need more then two or three turns on the coarse wooden screw. There isn't a day in my shop where I'm not thrilled with my leg vise and the criss-cross guide.

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  7. In the final picture, are the holdfasts securing the mallets because this is the proper configuration a gentleman should leave his bench for the night? Or is this to prevent any kitties from knocking them to the floor … like what happens in my shop?

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    1. I've seen numerous shops where the benches are staged this way. These are all mostly vocational schools, so perhaps it was part of the daily routine to tidy up your bench this way. I really like the partner benches in the last pics.

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  8. Store your mallet under your holdfast? Just laying there loosely or like really secured with the holdfast? Because if someone just put it there loosely, that's just begging to have someone else come along and give it a good wack to secure it! Do it to the whole work shop and nobody will be able to do any work till they find a mallet to release their holdfasts... But oh, all of the mallets would be under the holdfasts! Except practical joker's... *chuckle*

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  9. Awesome vice, but more importantly where did that sweet music come from?

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  10. Awesome...will there be a classic style tail vise to go with it at some point?

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  11. Love the retro font and music, weird that it fit's exactly with my definition of "classic" for games, but there is some dissonance with "classic" for tools, but in a good way. Looks like another classic from Benchcrafted.

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