FINISHED! I just squeaked in under the New Year. Ha!
The Veritas inset vise and dog holes are in line with the front edge of the bench, and I’ve been using it hard. It’s a great addition and I like it a lot.
The shelf is made of shiplapped 1×8″ red oak boards from the home center, free-floating on the runners set into the stretchers.
The front vise is a Veritas twin screw, with the right “nutbuster” tee taken off and the vise handle replaced with a 1″ oak dowel and some new brass hardware. I also added a rubber plumbing o-ring as a bumper on the end caps of the handle, which works great. The chop is 8/4 QS white oak, 25.5″ x 8″, with an automotive rubber-cork gasket material glued onto the top 3″ of the chop over the screws. It grips like a bulldog.
It’s been a lot of fun making this bench. Paul’s English workbench design has a lot of strength and rigidity, and a lot of flexibility to make design changes to make it your own. Love it.
That is one good looking bench Derek! The Douglas fir looks fantastic.
I also have the inset vise, and I like it as well. I probably use it as much as the front vise.
How do you like using the twin vise as a front vise? I was looking at that for my bench, but ended up going with a steel vise instead. Any problems with wracking? I like the shaping you did on the chop, particularly the stopped chamfer on top.
"New York is big, but this is Biggar"
Thanks, Peter! I’ve only had it installed for two days, but so far so good. Very, very minimal wracking when I really crank it down. Otherwise it’s pretty dead parallel. It doesn’t need to be cranked down hard, anyway. A little pressure is enough that I can’t move a board in the vise, the bench moves first.