I resurrected an old partly finished bench to a form closer to Paul’s design. The bench has the leg assembly and parts of the top reused, but the final top is close to Paul’s design: A 13″ wide lamination of 2×4’s and a 8″ wide tool well and the aprons on both sides are 9″ deep. The leg assembly is not held together by the aprons, so its more for appearance and for having a wide front face. And moved from the cold and damp garage to a room in basement as the plan is to spend more time working with wood (thanks to a newly found enthusiasm from Paul’s videos and blogs).
Now, after attaching the vise (9″ eclipse) I feel the bench is too heavy on the front and can tip forward when the vise is fully open and pressed down.
Has anyone experienced this? To make matters worse, the new location is carpeted so the bench is a bit wobbly when worked on. I plan to remove the carpet and use the concrete floor underneath, but not sure whether that alone will be enough to reduce the tendency to tip to the heavier side.
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