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#1 posted 10-25-2013 03:24 PM

Yes, each generation chooses one or two people to annoint as woodworking gods to imitate. I remember the mid-eighties when Norm was at his peak and you couldn’t go to a Habitat For Humanity build – even in central TX in August – without seeing a dozen guys in flannel shirts. I wonder how many sweatshops went out of business when he retired? And the biscuit jointers – the man must have helped to sell 10 million of those things. I’m not knocking any of these guys, but it is cyclic and I’m sure 20 years from now people will have moved on to something bigger, better, and just different enough to demand a whole new set of tools (and boxes to put them in, specialized benches/shops to use them in, classes to learn how to use them…)
But back to your original question – I’ve got two regular wooden-faced vises on my bench, one on the side and one on the end. I haven’t had trouble holding anything thick or thin but it comes down to whatever you’re comfortable with.

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