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    I new to the forum and relatively new to woodworking. I just finished Paul’s workbench and shooting board based on his Youtube videos. They projects I made were not perfect, but I learned a lot, and they are very usable!

    I’m happy to pay for the great content, I’m just a little unsure of how the “classes” work. It looks like I can pay for each of the past projects on a per project basis, but then there is also a membership upgrade? It sounds like with the upgraded membership I get more videos, but I’m assuming that does not include the projects?
    Thanks, David


    Hi David
    There is a nice group on here from around the world. You can see all past projects. New projects and the full forum. For all that Paul gives us its a very small fee

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.


    I set mine with the back jaw recessed into the bench then with both jaw covers ( can’t recall name ) were made to cover top of jaw and face, jaw is then not going damage plane.
    The way yours is set you will damage plane and back jaw projecting keeps work piece away from apron, in my opinion, not a good idea.

    John uk


    Hi John, thanks for the reply! It’s hard to see from the photo, but the steel jaws are just below (~1/8″) below the work surface of the bench, and the wood jaw liners are level with the bench like you suggest. The back jaw is not recessed, being new, I don’t really know what the best was is, but I followed Paul’s advice as a default. https://paulsellers.com/2014/01/flush-vises/ It seems to work well for me, but I don’t have any means of comparison. -David


    Hi David

    I still feel that the top of the jaws are going to damage plane.

    I know that Paul’s is not covered but it is a simple matter to cap the jaws by gluing a piece to jaw covers on top of the jaws ….rather like an upside down capital L

    With mine the inside jaw is set back from the apron then the cover is made to be flush with apron and upside Down L cover is recessed into bench. …….so both jaws are covered and can be replaced when worn down…….easy peasy


    Hi again David just watched your Paul’s link ( he is so experienced)

    Yes I can see his method of setting the rear jaw 1 1/2″ from face of apron is a good idea. Mine as I said is flush and as Paul said I have found it a disadvantage when holding two boards for example.
    All I have to do is plant a packer over the inside jaw???

    Actually I don’t have an apron, the top of my bench is 9″x 3″ tanalised …….but I still advocate top of jaws covered.

    Enjoy your carpentry …John


    David, That’s a great looking bench. Paul had some very good reasoning for his vise to be as yours is. It made sense to me so I installed mine that was as well. If you need to clamp longer boards to the apron you can always shim behind them and it works just as well. But it’s a mater of preference.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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