Easy DIY Roubo Leg Vise build

I wanted to add a leg vise to my work bench but didnt want to spend $300+ on it, so i built one out of scrap wood and a scaffold leveling screw, cost me around $25 for the whole project. Dont for get to comment, share like and subscribe if you havnt already dont so.

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Washer/Garter available separate : http://etsy.me/1rrvaT7

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John Heisz: Making A Wooden Vise

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  1. James Dunne
    James Dunne 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Dema, How much do you charge for the leg vice kit?

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  2. SalientAnimal
    SalientAnimal 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Thanks for the video, been wanting to build one of these for a while but struggling to get the right threaded rod for it.
    I have a few question that is appreciate it if you could answer them: 1. What did you use / how did you do the image transfer onto the wood?2. What did you use for the padding on the jaws?3. What are all the small hole you drilled on the leg runner for?4. Do you have plans for this vice?
    Thanks again.

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  3. Robert Coulter
    Robert Coulter 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Just make mine! Didn't even try for years because of the expense of the screw, but followed your advise and used a scaffold leveling screw. Did the trick! Haven't made the rollers yet, but they're next. Thanks Dema! http://i.imgur.com/yd0Qul8.jpg

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  4. OwynBandSoLong
    OwynBandSoLong 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    I wonder what the millisecond quick, subliminal message at 8:46 is. all i see is a yellow background

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  5. Al L
    Al L 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Really enjoyed watching your video "DIY Roubo Leg Vise build". It's obvious you planned this project well. Your design & construction methodology is well thought out. You certainly know how to uuse shop tools. You've now energized me to consider & most likely build my own leg vise. Now I need to find sources for the parts needed. Well done indeed!

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  6. 69fcortina
    69fcortina 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Great idea. Most inexpensive solution I have seen.

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  7. Montgomery Savage
    Montgomery Savage 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Nice one, I love re-purposing.

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  8. talib hassan
    talib hassan 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Hi there… Man that was a beautiful workmanship from you heart…. Loved it

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  9. Matthew Keller
    Matthew Keller 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Great video Demas! What size is that washer and where would I possibly find just the washer? Thank you!

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  10. Joker 33
    Joker 33 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Great job on the vise

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  11. Cheri O'Connor
    Cheri O'Connor 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Where did the screw and washers come from ?Dave_ [email protected]

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  12. John Curry
    John Curry 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Great job, I enjoyed watching.

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  13. SuperRudeDog
    SuperRudeDog 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Good Work…You Work ALone.. and Kick Ass at it.. Awesome!!

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  14. Johann Botha
    Johann Botha 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Excellent video. Thanks!

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  15. Kyle Morford
    Kyle Morford 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Dude, that is such a great idea instead of spending big money on screws!

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  16. Doug Keen
    Doug Keen 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Dema, where did you find that big washer? My local Lowes doesn't even have 3/4" nuts or washers.

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  17. Al
    Al 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Your relying on only a two part epoxy to hold the scaffolding screw to the wood bonnet nut you turned. Once glued you should drill a hole through BOTH and pin with a spring pin. This will help to keep them from separating. There is a lot of torq on that bonnet nut even with little clamping force.

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  18. Jess Mcdaniel
    Jess Mcdaniel 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    A lot of good information. I've been wanting to make this for a while. Now I can.

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  19. 0v3nm4n
    0v3nm4n 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Whats that marker you use?

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  20. Ba Mo
    Ba Mo 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Perfect! :)

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  21. Martin Mckenna
    Martin Mckenna 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Great design and great work. Please explain what you used for the metal collar. Cheers and keep up the great work!

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  22. Ruben Bonilla
    Ruben Bonilla 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Excellent work

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  23. Subra Vk
    Subra Vk 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Thank you for that prompt reply. Yes. That does explain it adequately.

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  24. Subra Vk
    Subra Vk 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Thanks for the excellent video. Frankly, I am an armchair woodworker. I enjoy your lucid style. However, in this video, there is a bump. Towards the end of the video (you almost seem in a hurry to close) you do some adjustments to the vise. You have not explained why you made those holes in the bottom board that you thread through the bottom mortise in the slab (the front jaw of the vise).  You do not explain what you are doing behind the table leg. You do not say what you have done when you lever up the slab. Can you please clarify. Thanks

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  25. paul kutschman
    paul kutschman 5 June, 2016, 01:45
  26. scottymac713
    scottymac713 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Great referral by Jay Bates !

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  27. Roy Medlock
    Roy Medlock 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    hi can you tell me what those transfers are and the supplier


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  28. Rob S5
    Rob S5 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    very nice

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  29. Arky Trash
    Arky Trash 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Really nice job. I used a bar stool with a screw to adjust the height but I do like the jack leg leveling screw better. Thanks

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  30. Elliot Hall
    Elliot Hall 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    That's awesome dude

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  31. abstractbybrian
    abstractbybrian 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Wow! That was a lot bigger/involved project than what I thought.

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  32. Terry Ellis
    Terry Ellis 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Beautiful build! Wonder where you got the very large washer? I am halfway into my build using a spalted apple tree branch for the head of the vise. Thanks so much for the inspiration,

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  33. Jess Cretney
    Jess Cretney 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Well done. I recently built a large bench vise and used Jay Bates video as a guide. I was looking to build one of these, as an old friend of mine is giving me a lead screw that his grandpa used in a similar leg vice. So, now I want to put it back to use, and this looks like an excellent example that I am planning to plagiarize! Thanks again. Keep up the good work!

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  34. Dave Weber
    Dave Weber 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Fascinating stuff!
    Thanks for sharing, Given me just another tidbit for thought… :-)

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  35. Chris  Hachet
    Chris Hachet 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Love the way this came out!

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  36. Darnley Bynoe
    Darnley Bynoe 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    I saw another design with those 2 lower bearings adjusted in such a way that that lower pin wasn't needed, is that true for your bearings? Also, as a practical matter how do leg vices compare to Moxons or those traditional quick release steel jaw vices? It is always good to get the opinion of someone that is a competent DIYer, than a vendor. Nice build, looks sturdy, any chance of seeing it in use?

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  37. Craig Marston
    Craig Marston 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    You Rock !!! Thank you I'm starting my vise build right now.

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  38. Anthony Rubino
    Anthony Rubino 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Great video. Do you have a link for the washer you cut to secure the screw, having trouble finding. I'm considering using a piece of 3/8" plywood.

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  39. kg6tgr
    kg6tgr 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Great video. Thanks for the post

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  40. Farmercl's Woodshop
    Farmercl's Woodshop 5 June, 2016, 01:45

    Excellent video Dema, one of the best and most useful shop projects I've come across. The time invested for both the vise and the video was well worth it. Keep the projects coming.

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  41. Dan Robidoux
    Dan Robidoux 5 June, 2016, 01:45


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