I’m new to wood working, I have been watching Paul, and have gathered a wealth of knowledge. Thank You Paul.
I have collected a few Planes and two vises.
I started building a work bench, and it has been a great project. I obtained a ten foot section of salvaged bowling alley. (2.25 inch Yellow Pine) I was surprised to learn that it was nailed together, and not very flat. I dismantled it board by board and glued up two six foot X one foot sections for a bench top. I then built a pair of legs similar to Paul’s.
Now I wish to assemble the bench. Deep in my heart I want to install the medium size vise on the face of the bench, and questions arise.
Can I install the base of the vise through the apron without compromising its integrity? then bore through for the treads and bars.
If I mount the vise after I install the apron it will stand proud of the apron. Will that be forever uncomfortable while working??
Hi Thomas, welcome to the woodworking world and the forum.
As to your question : this topic comes around every now and then. The general dilemma is that some prefer the vice flush with the apron, claiming it is easier to clamp large stock to the bench.
Paul is a big advocate to mount the vice protruding as it is easier to hold a piece while tightening the vice.
You can also search the blog entries on the workbench build for more Intel on vices mounting.
And do show us some pics… we absolutely love pics around here.
Thanks for the welcome and reply’s, and thanks so much for that link I did search, but did not find that.
I have decided that I’ll follow Paul’s logic. It just makes sense that if I’m building a bench following his You Tube pretension that I follow it through. Thanks again. I’ll post pictures as soon as I can. Tom
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