Thanks! I’m happy with whatever contribution I can make.
Rob, thanks for coming back!
Apart from that the Lie-Nielsen tail-vice would aesthetically have looked more pleasing, I’m well-contented with the Veritas QR one. It opens over a long distance, making it easy to fit most work pieces between the bench dogs; the QR mechanism works like a charm; the screw is most stable; and the jaw can be used for everything from holding pieces while rip/re-sawing to shooting (glulam is very flat).
The assembly instructions were acceptably easy to follow. They stressed the benefits from mounting the vice with the bench top upside down, as well as precautions to take when switching the vice from right to left hand (basically, lock everything with blue-tape [please see photo]). One element of the assembly fairly much demands a 5/8″ [Forstner] drill bit. I did get away with a 16 mm one – not a pleasant experience for the drill bit.
The assembly manual suggests that the top surface of the moving jaw is made proud of the bench surface, and then planed flush. In my humble, that’s good advice.