I decided I want my bench to have a leg vise. I really like the wooden screws. They have about 2 tpi thread and quickly open and close. However, a quality new one would cost quite a bit and the cheap ones just lack quality and are not something I would want on my bench. The best of the lot come from Lake Erie Tools. They are made of a very good grade of maple, are a work of art, but cost close to $200 for the screw, nut, and handle. I thought I would have to settle for a Lee – Valley steel screw until I checked eBay.
I found some people that buy broken old benches and salvage the parts. This is from a bench well over 100 years old and is in very good shape. When they found out that I intended to actually use it for woodworking and not just hang it on the wall of some pub or boutique, they cut me a good deal. I got it for $76.35, including shipping. The tape measure shows that it is 24″ long. It is such a pretty thing. A little bit a paint on it but that will clean up.
So far my running total is $176.35