New Bench #1: The Plan

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Blog entry by Rhoots posted 11-05-2014 06:39 PM 3034 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once I sell off most of my machines, I’ll be starting on a new bench for hand work. It’s a knock-off from the plans offered by Benchcrafted. The original plan was to use a Benchcrafted Glide C and wagon vise, but the legs are too short to use the crisscross and I came up with my own idea for a wagon vise. Mine occupies less real estate at the end of the bench.

The contraption at the end opposite the leg vise is a simple wagon vise that’s activated by the push rods on the tail vise.

I’m planning on using the new Hovarter VX20 mechanism for the leg vise. Any one have experience using Hovarter products? Do they work well? For a long time?
I’d appreciate any input.

The sketchup model for the bench is here anyone’s interested.


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#1 posted 11-05-2014 07:55 PM

Looks like a very sturdy bench, but with more hand tools you also need more weight to use the properly

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 11-06-2014 01:02 PM

The Hovarter VX20 works very well. I have one in my shop. It’s nice having a quick release leg vise. I often have to work with many different dimensions so it saves some time. It’s also a nice company.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#3 posted 11-07-2014 11:41 PM

Sweet! I’m looking forward to following this project.
Also, thanks for the kind words and encouragement on my own bench build.

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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