Acer-Ferrous Toolworks leg vise screws

Acer-Ferrous Toolworks was started by a young man, Paul Peters, whom I have been mentoring in woodworking since he was a boy.  Paul recently graduated from a trade school as a machinist, and decided to combine his two interests, woodworking and metalworking, into a business venture.  He purchased a 1910 Monarch lathe, and made his own tooling to produce wood vise screws.  His first product, a leg vise screw and nut, is shown below.

The 2 1/2″ diameter, 2 threads per inch screw is made of hard maple ( Acer saccharum), riven out of the log to ensure straight grain, and vacuum kiln dried.  The octagonal hub is a separate piece of wood, and is threaded and glued to the screw.  Overall length of the screw is approximately 24″, of which 4″ is the hub.  The hub measures 3 1/2″ across the flats.  There are two 1/4″ moats cut into the screw; one at the base of the hub and the other 1″ below it. These grooves are at 2″ diameter and are for for the garter, either user supplied or available in brass or black anodized aluminum..  A 1″ diameter hole is also bored through the hub for the handle, also provided by the user.

The nut is also hard maple, and measures 8″ x 4″ x 2″, with the threaded hole centered in the face. This leaves plenty of room for mounting holes to be drilled.

As an accessory, garters are also available in either brass or black anodized aluminum.  More information about the garters can be found here.

The two piece design allows the option for making the hub of a different wood, and retaining the maple screw.  In fact, we are also offering this screw with a tiger maple hub for those wanting some extra flair. (See image below.)  Anyone interested in a custom hub, or with requests for other sizes, can contact Paul at

Red Rose Reproductions is currently marketing and selling these screws. Price is $155 for the standard screw and &175 for the tiger maple hub. To purchase Acer-Ferrous products, click here.

Leg vise screw and nut

Octagonal hub

Double garter grooves for both external and internal garters.

VLUU L200 / Samsung L200

Screw threads

VLUU L200 / Samsung L200

Bench screw nut

VLUU L200 / Samsung L200

Assembled screw and nut

Optional tiger maple hub.

8 Responses to Acer-Ferrous Toolworks leg vise screws

  1. Mahlon Peters says:

    Wow! Looks like some very beautiful work. Much like the person I’ve come to know as my nephew.Very impressive.

  2. James Wright says:

    I just installed it in my bench and am in LOVE. (please do not tell my wife) such sweet work!

  3. Rowland says:

    Dan…I just got back home and opened my box from you that contains the leg vise kit and also the Moxon kit. absolutely lovely work… hit a grand slam on this one! Thank you much….best wishes and luck to you. I look forward to doing business with you in the future as I get things underway with my wood shop.

  4. Nicholas Marzigliano says:

    I saw james Wright’s video on you tube today. He did a great job on his on his leg vice. I will be Ordering two of these when I build my bench.

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