Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo Bench Maker's Package
The Bench Maker's Package includes the detailed measured drawings for building the Benchcrafted design Split Top Roubo bench, plus the Tail Vise and Glide Leg Vise
as well as all necessary assembly hardware (everything you need except the wood).
Full construction notes for the bench & instructions for installing all vises can be downloaded(PDF) at the bottom of the page.
The Tail Vise is the original flagship of the award-winning Benchcrafted line of workbench hardware.
Besides being extremely robust with absolutely precise machining, this vise's real claim to fame
lies in its incredibly smooth and effortless operation. Apply a modest spin to the handle and marvel as
the vise action first accelerates and then slowly coasts to a stop. This is the way every tool should feel
in response to a craftsman's touch. It uses a 5" cast iron handwheel with a wooden knob.
All Benchcrafted leg vises use roll threaded steel acme screws with a 4 tpi pitch and a one piece acme nut milled from cold-rolled steel. The vises generate about 1/2" of vise movement per handle revolution.
The Glide Leg Vise has an 8" cast iron handwheel with four wooden knobs.
The Classic Leg Vise has a steel 15" sliding handle assembly. It has a black "Parkerized" finish.
The Crisscross mechanism helps support the weight of the chop. It eliminates the need for a parallel guide and helps the leg vise move smoothly throughout its range.
Benchcrafted Crisscross hardware comes two versions. The Solo Crisscross mechanism is for installation in new bench construction. The Retro Crisscross mechanism is almost the same as the Solo version, but includes cast iron mounting brackets which make it easier to install when retrofitting and existing bench. The Retro can be used on new benches and is actually easier to install.
Which Crisscross should you choose? — If you can put your bench leg on a drill press to drill the mounting hole, get the Solo. If not, get the Retro.
Benchcrafted offers two options for the handwheels of the Glide Leg Vise and Tail Vise. Both are completely designed and manufactured in the USA.
Machined — Machined and polish cast iron with Dymondwood knobs.
Cast — Retro-look rough iron with acrylic-infused Beech.
- Leg Vise with Crisscross Mechanism
- Tail Vise
- Hardware Pack
- Set of Barrel Bolts
- Set of End Barrel Bolts
- Four Spax Lag Screws
- Printed Plans
Benchcrafted Glide M or Glide C Vise Installation Instructions. PDF
Benchcrafted Classic Leg Vise Installation Instructions. PDF
Installation Instructions for the previous Benchcrafted Glide Vise. PDF
Full construction notes for building the bench. PDF