So after giving some food for though, and going back and forth between 2 designs – my original one:
and the Roubo Bench (the one I was drooling over was Jameel’s bench from handcrafted vises), I decided to take the things that would work best for me today, based on materials that I have available today – while keeping an open door for future changes.
here are the features I am going for:
1. wagon vise – tail vise abilities, without the sagging, and without the screw protruding away from the benchtop
2. Leg vise – this will give me 9” clamping capacity without screws/guides in the way, and longer pieces can be clamped on the side of the vise – close enough to the original idea of shoulder vise – but doesnt protrude from the bench as the shoulder vise would – and not being in the way.
3. under cabinet storage – some may not like this – but I need to use any space I have – so this is critical. I do want to keep it off the floor to allow placing other things on floor level if needed -and also leave some access space under the benchtop to reach for benchdogs, and place other accessories there.
4. lets not having end-grain touching floor – for moisture reasons – and I also like the look of the ‘feet’
so here is what this came out to:
As usual – any thoughts, ideas, criticism, suggestions are most welcome – I still have the ability to go back and use the original design which is only different in terms of the shoulder vise.
Thanks for reading – and thanks in advance for any comments.
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