I’m heading into the home stretch on my workbench build, and I was wondering if people had thoughts on embedding the vise into the main surface of the bench so that the front apron serves as vise jaw liner on one side. I’ve heard that an advantage of that position is that you can clamp longer pieces, out beyond the vise, to the apron (from the well, I would guess) without packings and such.
What would be the downsides of such a placement? Only thing that comes to mind is that the vise would be permanently stuck in this position…but I don’t get the sense that anyone’s interested in moving their vise around anyway. I suppose you also wouldn’t be able to replace the vise liner on one side if it wears out. My bench is maple, if that matters.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
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