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BENCHCRAFTED Glide Crisscross Leg Vise, Tail Vise

BENCHCRAFTED Glide Crisscross Leg Vise, Tail Vise

A bench vise should not be a source for frustration, but rather, function as an integral element in the flow of your work, much like a finely-tuned smoothing plane, allowing you to focus on the work itself. A bench vise should work smoothly, easily and quickly. BENCHCRAFTED Vises meet these criteria. It's what BENCHCRAFTED calls effortless. BENCHCRAFTED Vises are made in the USA.


BENCHCRAFTED Glide Crisscross Leg Vise

Leg vises have been very popular before the mass-produced iron face vise became common. Once this "Record-style" iron vise took over, the leg vise slowly disappeared. Leg vises offer greater workholding capabilities than iron vises. Without the two guide rods of the iron vise, workpieces can be held right up against the screw, virtually eliminating racking and providing a better overall grip.

Iron face vises provide around 4 inch (100 mm) of workable depth from the top of the bench to the screw and guide rods. Leg vises are usually more than double this, around 9 inch (228 mm). Leg vises are also more powerful due to the large lever provided by the lower position of the parallel guide. Leg vises are also simpler and easier to maintain than iron vises. The auxiliary wood jaws necessary for iron vises are unnecessary with a leg vise since the vise itself, along with the bench's leg and top, forms the jaws of the vise.

We highly recommend that you NOT begin installation without all vise hardware in your possession.

BENCHCRAFTED Glide Leg Vise Base Hardware
The Glide makes holding your work quick, easy, and pleasurable. This vise uses a clever combination of components to deliver incredible clamping force with minimal human effort. BENCHCRAFTED has done away with the traditional "tommy bar" handle in place of a massive iron hand wheel. T-bar style handles offer one distinct advantage: lots of leverage. Otherwise they tend to be clumsy, slow, and they can interfere with your work and your body. They are also quite unergonomic for rapid adjustments. Benchcrafted has engineered the Glide to deliver rock-solid workholding without the need for the big lever of a tommy bar. The hand wheel provides a fast, ergonomic means to adjust the vise and it will never get in your way.
Weight 8.3 kg

Glide Box Contents
(Picture Glide M Box Content)
(Picture Glide C Box Content):
  • 1   Glide M or Glide C Handwheel
  • 1   1 inch Double lead acme screw
  • 1   1 inch Double lead acme nut
  • 1   Flange
  • 1   Groove pin for attaching handwheel to screw
  • 1   Acetal bushing
  • 6   Round head wood screws for acme nut and acetal bushing
  • 2   5/16-18 x 1-1/2 flat head machine screws
  • 3   Infused cherry knobs (Glide M only)
  • 3   Infused Beech knobs (Glide C only)
  • 3   Shoulder bolts for mounting knob
  • 3   Thick washer/spacer for mounting the knob
  • 3   Nylon washer for knob attachment (+ one extra)
  • 1   Piece suede, to cover inside of chop leg face
Note: Cross parts not included! The Glide Leg Vise Base Hardware must be paired either with a Crisscross Solo or with a Crisscross Retro. See items below!
Original Benchcrafted Instructions
Instructions for a Workbench with Metric dimensions along with videos and CAD drawings

Glide M
Fully-machined massive 203 mm (8 inch) dia. cast-iron hand wheel. Designed, cast and machined in the USA, acrylic-infused American black cherry knobs
Code 328210CartPrice € 375.00

Glide C
Massive 203 mm (8 inch) dia. cast-iron hand wheel. Designed, cast and machined in the USA, acrylic-infused beech knobs
Code 328211CartPrice € 299.00

Assembling notice: Aside from the typical woodworking tools required to build the wood components of the vise and install it, you'll need some tools who not every woodworker in Continental Europe will usually have as they are in imperial (inch) measurements. Also we recommend to read the chapter about tapping holes in wood for machine screws (instructions page 19) as it is not so common to do this in Europe.
You will need, in case you follow the instructions strictly:
  • 5/16-18 tap for the 2 flat head machine screws
  • Allen key 3/16 inch for the 2 flat head machine screws
  • 32 mm bit for spindle
  • 2-5/8 inch or 65 mm bit for round acetal bushing, round hole alternatively can be made with a router or by hand.
  • 4.5 and 3 mm bit for the 6 round head wood screws
  • 1/4 inch or 6.3 mm bit for the pilot hole of the 5/16 inch flat head screw (6 mm bit will do too, is even better in wood!)
In case you do not want to bother with imperial taps and you have metric taps at hand we offer this stainless metric screw set which you can use instead of the imperial screws. Take care to make the pilot holes not wider than 6 mm. However we personally would prefer the imperial screws who come with the vise.

Set: 2 pc Flat Head Machine Screw 8 x 40 mm
Code 328060CartPrice € 1.30
BENCHCRAFTED Classic Leg Vise
In the 19th and early 20th century, many vocational schools and commercial shops in France and its colonies were outfitted with Roubo-style benches and metal leg vise hardware. French hardware is typically made entirely of metal, whereas hardware from Britain and America usually features a T-shaped iron casting fitted with a sliding wooden handle. Benchcrafted designed theirs around the French model for better function and looks. Researching extant vises and benches, Benchcrafted discovered a number of features that have all but disappeared from modern vise manufacture. They have incorporated these, plus a few of theirs own, into the design of the Classic Leg Vise.

Double-lead Thread: Most modern vises use a single lead acme thread. Depending on pitch, these can function slowly, but with precision and control, or more quickly. Screw pitch and travel should be matched to the vise’s purpose. Fast isn’t necessarily better. Tapping and threading metal for double-lead screws is risky and costly, as the thread is very aggressive, and massive amounts of material must be removed.

Face vises are generally used for a relatively narrow range of thicknesses, but when used in wider positions, the convenience of opening the jaws quickly and efficiently is a plus. Ergonomics can accomplish this, as with the massive handwheel of the Glide Leg Vise, or speed, as in the case of the Classic, which uses a double-lead acme screw. The Classic moves as fast as typical wooden vise screws, 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) of travel per turn.

Radiused Hub and Flange: The mating surfaces of the flange and hub are machined to a 5” radius. This allows the parts to nest together and distribute clamping pressure over a wider area, especially when holding slightly non-parallel work.

Balanced Handle: The sliding handle is machined with a v-groove detent centered along its length. This detent engages with a stainless steel spring plunger in the center of the hub, allowing one to quickly center the handle and thus balance it to spin rapidly for quick, gross adjustments. In most cases, one can leave the handle centered after holding your workpiece. The spring plunger tension is adjustable. A tighter setting makes it easier and quicker to center up the handle, but may inhibit the handle from sliding as freely. There is a sweet spot that allows quick engaging with the spring plunger, and free sliding simultaneously. The plunger can be completely disengaged if desired. The spring plunger also allows repositioning of the handle so it’s not interfering with your work or your body. Leather shock washers further refine the handle’s function.

Parkerized Finish: The Classic is made from machined steel, but Benchcrafted wanted it to have the look of darkly patinated forged hardware. To get close to this (and not break the bank) they Parkerized the handle, hub and flange. Commonly used on high quality hunting rifles, Parkerizing (or Manganese Phosphate) is a process which darkens the raw steel, which is first sandblasted, while also providing wear resistance and lubricity. The process is more expensive than black oxide, yielding a more durable surface with an attractive dull black-gray look. A rub down with fine steel wood and a coat of light oil helps give the parts a vintage look, further lubricate, and provide excellent corrosion protection. See installation instructions for further details.

The Crisscross: The Classic is designed to be used with the Benchcrafted Crisscross for best function. The Crisscross completely supports the weight of the Classic hardware and a wooden chop while completely eliminating the need to adjust a pin (parallel guide). With proper installation, the Classic with Crisscross operates with virtually zero friction.

Angled Leg Vises: The Classic Crisscross, or Classic Hardware Only will both work well for angled leg vises, as found on English-style workbenches. Because of the off-vertical forces placed on the Crisscross mechanism, you'll experience a slight reduction in friction-free action. The vise still moves freely in and out, just a bit less than a vertical leg vise. Benchcrafted does not recommend building your vise any more than 15 degrees off the vertical axis if using the Classic Crisscross.
Weight 4.3 kg

Classic Leg Vise Box Contents (Picture):
  • 1   Hub
  • 1   Flange
  • 1   Main screw
  • 1   Handle assembly (1 handle, 2 mushroom nuts)
  • 1   Main Nut
  • 1   3/16” x 1-1/4” groove pin
  • 1   Acetal bushing
  • 2   #12 x 1-1/2 round head wood screw (for flange)
  • 3   #9 x 1-1/2” round head wood screw (for main nut)
  • 3   #9 x 1-1/2” round head wood screw (for acetal bushing)
  • 1   spring plunger
  • 2   leather washers
  • 1   piece suede
Note: Cross parts not included! The Classic Leg Vise must be paired either with a Crisscross Solo or with a Crisscross Retro. See items below!
Original Benchcrafted Instructions for Classic Leg Vise
Code 328218CartPrice € 209.00
BENCHCRAFTED Crisscross Solo
This device for maintaining parallelism in a vise jaw is basically two pieces or "arms" of metal or wood, equal in length, joined in the middle to create a pivot. The upper ends of the arms (also on pivots) are joined to the bench's leg and the chop. The resulting mechanism not only maintains a parallel opening, but also supports the weight of itself, the vise screw, and the chop. The beauty of the mechanism is its simplicity.

The Crisscross Solo attaches to the bench leg and chop with two 3/8 inch (9.5 mm) diameter and 8 inch (204 mm) long steel mounting pins. These holes are most accurately drilled using a drill press, so choose this model if you're building a new bench, and can work on the bench leg at the drill press.
Weight 4.6 kg

Crisscross Solo Contents (Picture):
  • 2   Crisscross arms
  • 1   pivot pin
  • 3   snap rings (one extra)
  • 2   8 inch mounting pins
  • 2   1-3/4 steel bearing plates
  • 2   #8 wood screws
Same instruction sheet as for Glide Leg Vise Base Hardware

Code 328206CartPrice € 115.00

Assembling notice: Aside from the typical woodworking tools required to build the wood components of the vise and install it, you'll need some tools who not every woodworker in Continental Europe will usually have as they are in imperial (inch) measurements.
You will need:
Before deciding which Crisscross is right for you, please read through the Original Benchcrafted Instructions.

For a workbench with Metric dimensions read the Instructions for a Workbench with Metric dimensions along with videos and CAD drawings

Something important to think about in your decision: The Crisscross Solo can only be recommended to someone who has, or has access to, a large precision drill press (100% straight with no wobble in the shaft). It is impossible to achieve the accuracy needed with any kind of drill stand or by hand drilling. You must understand that a 9.5 mm hole for the pin must be drilled through the 24 cm wide chop of the leg vise. There must be at least 34 cm of clearance between the chuck and the table. The hole must be drilled in from both sides and, naturally, must be exactly aligned to meet in the middle. The board for the chop must be absolutely square and flat, and the layout and marking for the holes must be precisely done. Even though there is a little more router work involved in installing the Crisscross Retro, its design allows for slightly lower tolerances in layout and machining, and it is much easier to install, even though it is a little more expensive than the Solo model. The Crisscross Solo model is sure to be beyond the skills of some woodworkers.
BENCHCRAFTED Crisscross Retro
The Crisscross Retro features two cast iron brackets which house short pivot pins that attach to the arms. You don't need to drill any holes for pivot pins with the Retro, which makes it a better choice if you're retrofitting a bench with a Crisscross. You can also use the Retro in a new bench, even if you have access to a drill press, if you'd prefer the installation method of the Retro. The arms in both the Solo and Retro are identical. The difference is simply in your installation preference.
Weight 5.9 kg

Crisscross Retro Contents (Picture):
  • 2   Crisscross arms
  • 1   pivot pin
  • 3   snap rings (one extra)
  • 2   2-1/2 inch mounting pins
  • 2   iron mounting brackets
  • 4   5/16 x 1-1/4 inch cap screws
  • 2   1-3/4 steel bearing plates
  • 2   #8 wood screws
Same instruction sheet as for Glide Leg Vise Base Hardware

Code 328207CartPrice € 159.00

Assembling notice: Aside from the typical woodworking tools required to build the wood components of the vise and install it, you'll need some tools who not every woodworker in Continental Europe will usually have as they are in imperial (inch) measurements. Also we recommend to read the chapter about tapping holes in wood for machine screws (instructions page 19) as it is not so common to do this in Europe.
You will need, in case you follow the instructions strictly: In case you do not want to bother with imperial taps and you have metric taps at hand we offer this stainless metric screw set which you can use instead of the imperial screws. Take care to make the pilot holes not wider than 6 mm. However we personally would prefer the imperial screws who come with the vise.

Set: 4 pc Flat Head Machine Screw 8 x 40 mm
Code 328061CartPrice € 1.90
BENCHCRAFTED Tail Vise - wooden dog block not included

BENCHCRAFTED Tail Vise (Wagon Vise)

Wagon Vises Versus Traditional Tail Vises

Traditional "moving-block" tail vises have some disadvantages that limit the usefulness of this area of the bench. Mallet work, such as mortising or chopping dovetails over the vise can damage the mechanism over a short time.

The vise is also prone to sagging with use and wear, which causes all sorts of problems for clamping between dogs. Once the vise starts to sag, often it will raise up above the surface of the bench when tightening, raising up the workpiece with it. This can cause hand plane chatter among other issues.

The vise also protrudes past the end of the bench as its opened. One advantage the traditional tail vise has over the wagon vise is the open-front jaws. However, the large gap of the open jaws can make for a large unsupported area below workpieces, and this can cause some problems when planing, especially with shorter pieces.

Wagon vises solve almost all of the problems of traditional tail vises. The area of the bench around the vise can be used in the same way as the rest of the bench. The vise can't sag. The screw doesn't extend past the end of the bench when the vise is opened, making this vise a great choice for cramped shops. The dog block also cannot raise up when tightened. The area around the vise will always remain as flat as the rest of the bench, since the "moving block" section of the traditional tail vise is eliminated.

The Benchcrafted Tail Vise is also much easier to install than traditional tail vises, since it eliminates the task of building the complex wood superstructure around the vise hardware. We think the significant advantages of the wagon vise more than make up for the lack of the open-front jaws of the traditional "moving-section" tail vise. Plus, there is no unsupported area that open jaws create, except on very narrow workpieces.

BENCHCRAFTED Tail Vise (Wagon Vise)
The BENCHCRAFTED Tail Vise is extremely robust, precise, and operates smoothly and effortlessly. The BENCHCRAFTED tail vise (this type of vise is also called wagon vise) is designed around a Roubo-style bench with a top thickness of 4 inch (100 mm) or greater. However, the vise can easily be used in any bench with a solid top. It can be used in thinner benches provided with wider aprons and end cap. Retrofitting existing benches is also possible. All necessary mounting hardware is included. The wooden dog block (example pictured below, not included) will be customer-made to conform to individual dog hole dimenstions and bench species and thickness.

Clamping between dogs is the main task of any tail vise, and the Benchcrafted Tail Vise excels at this task. Spinning the handwheel makes it about twice as fast as a typical T-handle. The heavy wheel allows you to rapidly spin the dog block into position and the rosewood knob provides a comfortable grip. Grasping the rim of the wheel allows precise, controlled pressure to be exerted when approaching final position.

Vertical clamping between vise jaws can be easily accomplished with this vise, and when lined with the included suede leather, the grip is tenacious. This is an ideal vise for working the ends of smaller boards. The vise, when installed for its maximum capacity and using a 5 inch (127 mm) long dog block, is capable of handling an 11-3/4 inch (298 mm) wide board. Maximum travel is 12-1/4 inch (311 mm) using a 2-7/8 inch (73 mm) end cap. These capacities vary slightly depending on installation.
Weight 7.8 kg

Tail Vise Box Contents (Picture):
  • 1   Handwheel M or C
  • 1   1-1/4 precision acme screw (left hand thread)
  • 1   1-1/4 Acme Nut (left hand thread)
  • 1   Sliding plate
  • 1   Flange
  • 1   Large washer
  • 1   Groove pin for attaching handwheel to screw
  • 2   Guide rails
  • 8   #12 x 3 inch screws for guide rails
  • 2   5/16"-18 x 4" flange bolts w. washers and lock nuts
  • 2   5/16"-18 x 3/4 button head cap screw
  • 2   1/4 x 2 pan head screw for attaching dog block
  • 1   Knob with shoulder bolt
  • 1   Thick washer for mounting the handle
  • 1   Piece suede, to cover end of dog strip and face of dog block
Note: wooden dog block not included!

Original Benchcrafted Instructions

Instructions for a Workbench with Metric dimensions along with videos and CAD drawings

Wagon Vise (Tail Vise) M
Fully-machined 127 mm (5 inch) dia. cast-iron hand wheel. Designed, cast and machined in the USA, acrylic-infused American cherry knob
Code 328200CartPrice € 399.00

Wagon Vise (Tail Vise) C
127 mm (5 inch) dia. cast-iron hand wheel. Designed, cast and machined in the USA, infused beech knob
Code 328202CartPrice € 329.00

Assembling notice: Aside from the typical woodworking tools required to build the wood components of the vise and install it, you'll need some tools who not every woodworker in Continental Europe will usually have as they are in imperial (inch) measurements.
You will need:

Benchmaking Hardware Package

Typical captive nut arrangements for knockdown bases involve either a square nut, recessed hex nut, or short, slotted cross-dowels. All of these fasteners make it tricky to assemble the joint without some frustration or extra tools.

The BENCHCRAFTED barrel nuts and end cap barrel nuts are the ideal choise for making knock-down joints in workbench bases.


Benchmaking Hardware Package
consisting of 4 barrel nuts and 2 end cap barrel nuts


The set of 4 zinc-plated steel Barrel Nuts are over 2 inch (50 mm) long and are slightly undersized (25 mm) to fit easily in a 1 inch (25.4 mm) diameter hole, making it quick and easy to mill the joint and then assemble the base. The Barrel Nuts work best in a 1-3/4 inch (45 mm) thick rail, but they can work in thinner stock as well. The protruding end of the nut, with it's V-groove for grip, lets you insert and adjust it with a free hand while tightening the bolt with the other-you don't need a tool to insert or rotate the nut. Once you feel the bolt threading into the Barrel Nut, finish tightening the joint with a socket wrench. Four, 8 inch X 1/2 inch-13 steel bolts and washers are included. Bolts and washers are black finish.

The pair of End Cap Barrel Nuts included is packaged with two 3/8 inch X 5 inch black oxide hex head bolts and washers, and can be used to build knockdown joints in thick wood for any workbench, or even furniture. Each End Cap Barrel Nut is 3-1/4 inch (82 mm) long overall, and fits loosely in a 7/8 inch (22.2 mm) hole. The 3/8 inch /9.5 mm) tapped cross hole is 11/16 inch (17.5 mm) on center from the end.
Both sets made in America from zinc plated steel.
Also included: 4 Spax Lag Screws 5 inch x 3/8 inch with Torx50 head for attaching top!

Wooden parts NOT included!
Weight 2.4 kg

Benchmaking Hardware Package Contents (Picture):
  • 2 Sets End Cap Barrel Nuts with bolts and washers
  • 4 Pieces Spax Lag Screws 5 inch x 3/8 inch
  • 4 Sets Barrel Nuts with bolts and washers
Code 328225CartPrice € 49.00
BENCHCRAFTED Planing Stop

The Benchcrafted planing stop is made from mild steel. The maker mills the teeth into the stop then lightly deburrs with abrasive paper to maintain the points of the teeth. The stop arrives sharp and ready to use.

Using the same principle as the BENCHCRAFTED Barrel Nuts, the Planing Stop mounts to the wooden stock via two machine screws and a single, double-tapped barrel nut. This provides excellent holding power and resistance to rotation. It also makes tightening up the stop after seasonal movements a snap. Removing the stop for sharpening is also easy. Just remove the two screws and the stop is free to mount in a vise for filing the 90 degree teeth.

Although not required, lightly inlaying the stop into the end grain of the stock further helps reduce rotational forces. With a well-fit stock in your benchtop, adjusting the height of the stop is easy with mallet taps.

Code 328227CartPrice € 32.90

Split Top Roubo Plans

This Split Top Roubo bench plan is based on Andre Roubo's bench from Plate 11 of L'Art du Menuisier, with the added capabilities of the BENCHCRAFTED vises.

BENCHCRAFTED developed this plan so woodworkers could build a bench using the BENCHCRAFTED Tail Vise and Glide Leg Vise without having to figure out all the details. Simply follow the measured drawings and instruction notes.


Split Top Roubo Plans

The measured drawings consist of four 20 inch x 30 inch (508 x 762 mm) printed pages, showing the bench in numerous views, exploded, and with details of each part. Extremely comprehensive and concise. Printed on 20-lb. bond paper, edge bound, and shipped rolled in a tube, not folded.

Additionally here you find design info, construction notes and techniques, and photos of the completed bench.

Note: this bench plans come in imperial measurements only NOT in metric! Example. If you are living in the metric world you need to multiply every number by 25.4 or alterate the plans.

Code 328235CartPrice € 19.00

Shaker Bench Plans

This Shaker Bench plan is is designed in collaboration with furniture and plane maker Ron Brese. The Benchcrafted Shaker bench plans are based on extant examples of Shaker workbenches such as the famous Hancock bench and the bench at Mt. Lebanon. Incorporating the traditional workholding elements of the leg vise, tail vise and sliding deadman Benchcrafted vises are incorporated into the design that works better than historical examples while keepeing the classic look and high function of the Shaker aesthetic.

BENCHCRAFTED developed this plan so woodworkers could build a bench using the BENCHCRAFTED Tail Vise and Glide Leg Vise without having to figure out all the details. Simply follow the measured drawings and instruction notes.


Shaker Bench Plans

The measured drawings consist of six 20 inch x 30 inch (508 x 762 mm) printed pages, showing the bench in numerous views, exploded, and with details of each part. Extremely comprehensive and concise. Printed on 20-lb. bond paper, edge bound, and shipped rolled in a tube, not folded.

Note: this bench plans come in imperial measurements only NOT in metric! If you are living in the metric world you need to multiply every number by 25.4 or alterate the plans. Due to the nature of the Shaker bench design, we do not provide hardware (hinges, bolts, nails, etc.) for building the bench.

Code 328236CartPrice € 22.00
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