|Forum topic by Betsy||posted 09-17-2009 03:00 AM||1178 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
09-17-2009 03:00 AM
I have a workbench that I use for my assembly and some hand tool work. This bench is in my bedroom shop in the house. Now I’m considering buying a good bench for the garage shop.
So naturally I’m looking for workbench types, etc. I’m really not interested in making my own bench because of the weight and time involved. It’s worth it to my to buy a ready made bench (knowing that I may still need to flatten the top – maybe).
I went to Highland Woodworking and I found this bench. (Not necessarily the one I’ll buy – but for show sake only.)
What I want to know is several things – what is with the funky looking vise set up? What’s the purpose of it being an L-shaped mechanism?
I understand using the end vise to move the bench dogs in and out to hold the differing lengths of wood. But still don’t understand the L-shape.
Next – and this is the most important question to me. It has to do with bench dogs. I know that the rectangular bench dogs are designed to pull down on the board so that the board is held firmly on the top without any give, but are the round dogs capable of doing the same grabbing? The round dogs in my current bench don’t seem to do any more than just hold – no pulling down. Not sure if this makes sense or not.
Thanks in advance.
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