I don’t want to start a row but…
Who could not have Aprons on their bench because they clamp things to the bench top at the front?
I’m going to build a new bench. I currently have my old holtzapffel style bench which had a mid height rail at the front for holding work. I originally had a leg vise on it but found it slow and didn’t get on with the parallel guide. I changed this for a qr record type vise and stuck a plank accross the front making an adhoc apron. I have drilled holes in the top and use dogs and holdfasts.
Here’s the thing. I’ve seen all Paul’s bench video’s andd work holding video’s. I’ve got Maguires videos on his English and also the rather wonderful Siemsen bench video and plans as well as his workholding video.
I’ve got an old copy of Landis’s bench book and Shwartz’s second bench book.
Shwartz, in particular seems to dislike aprons claiming you can’t clamp stuff to the bench. But he also uses holfasts.
I ask again, if I make a bench with Aprons what could I be missing out on?
To me the advantage of being able to sweep the floor without bearers seems to be an advantage too.
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