I have finally gotten the first production X Link's ready for shipment. Shown in the picture above is the X Link in black anodized finish. The 3/8" diameter pivot pins are shown to the left and the shiny plates to the right are the wear plates. Some of the features and advantages of the X Link are described below and a YouTube video showing these features may be viewed by clicking on the link below.
The pivot pin for the [...]
I have a customer in Italy who purchased a VX 20 vise. He was having trouble finding the correct size drill bits to install the vise. There are no equivalent metric Forstner bits near the 2-1/2" and 1-3/4" sizes. We decided that the best approach would be to initially drill the vise parts with a 1-1/8" Forstner bit and then open the holes up using a plunge router with a template bearing. There is a metric size drill bit [...]
Here is the VX 20 all dressed out in new production colors! I am really happy with how it came out and I hope you are too. I always love seeing the rough machined parts make the transition to finished parts. The aircraft aluminum housing parts are first vibratory tumbled to ease all the edges and produce a very uniform surface for finishing. We then send the parts out to our local anodizer. Anodizing provides a very durable good looking [...]
The X Link is my adaptation of the nineteenth century scissors mechanism used with a leg vise to eliminate the need for a pin in the lower guide board. I have used modern materials and have added improvements to make it function better and ease installation. The X Link is shown used with the VX 20 vise mechanism to create a quick action pinless leg vise. Here is a link to a YouTube video of the vise in action:
X Link [...]
We are hard at work producing the parts to make the VX 20 vise. I thought I would share some of the processes that go into making the vise. The picture above shows some parts right after machining. After machining there are a lot of burrs and tool marks in the parts. To get rid of all of the marks and soften all of the corners the parts are put into a vibratory tumbler with little cone shaped dense [...]
Pre - order the VX 20 vise now and save $10.00! This special will only be offered for a limited time so hurry. The metal hand wheel and wooden hub with handle have also been added to the product line up. The pre - order vises will be shipped on a first come first served basis. We plan on having vises ready for shipment in early October. When the pre - order period is over the price will rise [...]
Jim Ritter from Ancora Yacht Service has installed his chain mechanism with the VX 20 vise and it works really well! Jim produced a YouTube video showing how it works. Here is the link: VX 20 with Ancora Yacht Service Chain
In Jim's video the VX 20 is shown with a wooden hub and handle and the housing rotated to allow the chain to be as close to the clamp shaft as possible. I plan to offer a VX 20 specifically [...]
The above patent illustration is from a May 13, 1845 patent by W.H. Taylor and A.P. Norton of Waterville, NY. I guess the guys in the mid Nineteenth century didn’t like to bend over to adjust a pin either. Scissors mechanisms have been around for a very long time in various forms and have found their way into many household items. The application of a scissors mechanism (sometimes referred to as St. Peters Cross) to a leg vise presents [...]
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There will be some very minor changes to the VX 20 between the vise shown and the production unit. The mounting will change from four ¼” lag screws to four #10 pan head wood screws. For this application the lag screws are overkill and the #10 screws will package better and be easier to install. I am considering changing the color of the housing to black instead of the gold and adding the Hovarter Custom Vise logo to the [...]