We’ve had many enquiries recently about whether or not we will be selling the Shaft System for our Pin Less Leg Vice entirely on its own. At the moment the shaft is used in my workbenches and sold for your own installations as a kit together with one of our wooden screws. We’re currently working at testing it with a variety of other steel screws that are commonly available and when we’re confident it can be teamed up just as well then it will indeed be available on its own.
Update: At the present time we’re not building any workbenches or vices for sale, however we have many resources on this website that will help guide you with your own workbench build.
Our English Workbench Video Series takes you step by step through a traditional bench build, starting out with a discussion on choosing the ideal dimensions, demonstrations of how to cut the joinery, right through to flattening your workbench top and building the face vice from scratch.
If you’d like us to guide you through your build with detailed videos and PDF plans, then you can find full details for this Workbench Series here.
When used as a Pin Less leg vice the shaft needs to be set up at just the right angle to create both smooth opening and closing together with the necessary locking motion when it clamps. The angle is determined by how much play you have in the screw and nut and screw and garter that you are using. It’s adjustable on installation and we’re simply pairing it up with a variety of threads to check that enough adjustment is available. As shown in the photo below we’ve found that it works a treat with these steel threads and we‘re close to the end of our testing (these hand wheel vices are our own creation and are offered only within one of our workbenches). Once we’re satisfied that all options have been covered the Solo Shaft Kits will be added to our shop.
Look out also for our own vintage steel screw option that will be coming out later down the line. This will provide an alternative our wooden screws whilst keeping a ‘Maguire’ feel complete with two piece garter. (This is one we’re really looking forward to!)
Click here for more photos of this Oak Nautilus Workbench.
And if you haven’t seen them already the following two videos show the shaft in action, firstly as a Leg Vice and secondly mounted horizontally as a face vice that’s smooth, simple and rack free. Despite it’s precise angle requirements the shaft is exceptionally simple to install and very discreet, as a leg vice the shaft can be positioned either above or below your front rail – we’ve tested both.