|Forum topic by newwoodbutcher||posted 09-02-2015 10:26 PM||950 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
09-02-2015 10:26 PM
After 23 years I’m finally building a proper work bench. Up till now I’ve been working with old 2×4 garage shelves tipped on the side with a 1 ½” thick laminated plywood top and a Record metal quick release vise mounted on the wrong end of the bench (on the left, I’m right handed). It’s not flat or level.
Over the past few years I’ve significantly increased my hand tool usage and am using my assembly table with vices or stops for a workbench. I’ve really stopped using that old bench for anything but stacking and storing “stuff”.
The new bench top will be 8/4 laminated ash 4” thick, 8’ long and 24” wide, I got the delivery this morning. The leg material is unknown at this point depending on availability and price. The height will be 31 ½”. I’m 5’ 10” tall.
I am pretty sure I want to use Benchcrafted wagon wheel tail vise and leg vice hardware but am challenged to choose which leg vise hardware (Classic Crisscross vs. Glide Crisscross) to use.
I read somewhere that the threaded shaft on the Classic is thinner than the Crisscross version but I don’t know if that changes the functionality or performance. Watching the Benchcrafted video, the Classic seems to perform fine.
The Classic (Tommy bar) Crisscross solo package is $630 plus shipping and the Glide C package (C crisscross Glide and tail vise) is $699. I’m expecting this bench to last the rest of my life so the $69 difference is not a factor in this decision. What I want is the best performing longest lasting leg vice. Also I think I liked the old Glide without the knobs better than the new but that’s not a big concern either.
My questions for those of you who have experience with Benchcrafted vices; Does the Classic configuration clamp and perform well? As well as the Glide configuration? Does the Crisscross perform well? What is your best advice?