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05-24-2011 04:23 PM

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Hello. I am soon going to be making a new workbench, similar to the bench here http://woodtreks.com/design-build-traditional-woodworking-workbench-tail-shoulder-leg-vises/1651/ only I will not have a tool tray in the middle. So In designing the bench to use hold fasts I was wondering how thick the bench top needs to be, so I can design a thicker top or put blocks underneath. Also, out of curiosity, is it possible to have a bench top too thick for hold fasts to grip properly?

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#1 posted 05-24-2011 05:22 PM

About 2”

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 05:36 PM

Mine is between 2 1/2” and 3” and hold fasts (whack ‘em as well as veritas varieties) work just fine. Although Schwarz said there are tops that can be too thick to be reliable tops for whack hold fasts, his cherry Roubo was something like 6” thick and doesn’t have a problem. So I’m thinking no upper limit. That’d be especially true, in my view, with the Veritas hold fast; it’s shaft is very grippy and should work just about anywhere.

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#3 posted 05-26-2011 02:07 AM

Thank you for your comments, you have confirmed what I have heard before.

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