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Benchcrafted Glide Leg Vise

Glide Leg Vise with Retro Criss Cross and Cast Handwheel
Glide Leg Vise with Retro Criss Cross and Cast HandwheelBenchcrafted Glide M Crisscross Retro Leg ViseCrisscross SoloCrisscross RetroGlide Leg Vise Handwheels with Aluminum KnobsBenchcrafted Aluminum Knob with black wrinkle finish
Benchcrafted Glide Leg Vise

Price : Starting at $389.00

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Benchcrafted Glide Leg Vise

Inspired by the 18th century designs of Andre Roubo, this vise hardware lets you plan and create the ultimate front vise for your workbench that will allow you to clamp and hold your stock and projects with exceptional strength.

A leg vise (whose long front jaw pad is called a "chop") has several advantages over conventional cast iron vises. Because a leg vise does not need the pair of guide rods required on a Record-style vise, it's possible to clamp a workpiece right up against the screw and thus virtually eliminate racking. Leg vises also allow about 9" of workable depth, more than twice that typical of iron face vises, plus the mechanical advantage inherent in a leg vise's geometry provides a more powerful overall grip.

Benchcrafted's exquisitely smooth action of of their double-lead, acme screw with a 4tpi pitch, gives this vise hardware a highly efficient 1/2” of travel per revolution of the hand wheel.

Crisscross Mechanism

Benchcrafted's Crisscross mechanism makes operation of the Glide Vise even sweeter. The scissor action of the "St. Peter's Cross" eliminates the need for a traditional leg vise's parallel guide and adjustment pin, and instead takes advantage of the mass and free spinning action of the hand wheel to provide smooth and unencumbered movement over the vise's entire range.

The Glide Leg Vise is available with two versions of the Crisscross. Both versions work the same, but the installation is different. The Solo Crisscross is designed for use on new bench contruction. The Retro Crisscross is designed for use when installing a leg vise on an existing bench. It includes mounting brackets brackets that allow the Crisscross mechanism to be installed without cross boiriung the bench leg.

Which Crisscross should you choose?

If you can put your bench leg on a drill press table to drill the top pivot mounting hole, choose the Solo. If not, choose the Retro.


Benchcrafted offers two options for the handwheel of the Glide Leg Vise. Both are completely designed and manufactured in the USA.

  • Machined — This 8" handwheel is fully machined and features aluminum knobs with a black wrinkle coating.
  • Cast — This 8" handwheel has a retro rough-cast look and and features aluminum knobs with a black wrinkle finish.

Additional Information

Benchcrafted Glide M or Glide C Vise Installation Instructions.

Installation Instructions for the previous Benchcrafted Glide Vise.

Product Warnings


This product may expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Please read our Proposition 65 warning.
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