I would really like to make my own vises, like moxon, tail vise, etc. I'd love to be able to afford the benchcrafted kits but they are price-prohibitive. I've seen people make them out of press vises, but I'm looking for a much larger handle than comes with standard press vises, as I figure that the larger the rotational diameter, the more torque one might apply to the vise screw. However, I am not getting a lot of hits when I search for "bench screw wheel" or "bench screw handle."

Is there a specific name for the type of handle I am referring to?

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  • "crank" would be the word I'd use Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 20:17
  • Ah! I didn't even think about crank! My search begins anew! Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 20:20
  • "hand wheel", see below answer! Commented Apr 5, 2015 at 20:48

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Apparently, they're called "hand wheels"; this lumberjocks post talks about how this person made a vise and called them hand wheels. Searching for hand wheels brings up results.

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