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Forum topic by Bwa posted 01-14-2012 05:25 AM 1019 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2012 05:25 AM

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Hi guys, I’m outfitting a new shop and building a new workbench. My old shop was very small and I just had a small little vise at one end of the bench. I’ve bought a “proper” 13” vise and I’m wondering about mounting it in the middle of the new workbench. The new workbench is going to be either 7 ft or 8 ft long (I’m still cutting the legs :-) and it is going on a 9 ft long wall.

I know about the left/right if you’re right/left-handed but I find I can plane with either hand, but being able to walk around the piece is very useful… any thoughts? Am I crazy? What am I not thinking of?

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 05:37 AM

Do you intend to do any cross cutting with a hand saw? while your work is held in the vise?
If not, never mind.

Of course you can use a saw bench and actually get a better cut than you can on the big work bench.
But, I would not like to NOT have the option of clamping something in my vise and sawing it off on one side or the other.

Now a Moxon double screw vise in the middle to cut dovetails, thats fine.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 06:12 AM

Ah yes, I hadn’t even considered sawing in this vise. I plan to still keep the old vise and maybe add another large vise later in the area where sawing seems to happen. I expect this workbench will be chiseling, planing, sanding, assembly.

I am still getting things laid out and sorting out how the workflow will go.

But now I am wondering if any of my other stations will have enough mass naturally to support serious hand saw work. Perhaps…

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 04:22 PM

We all work different, but I would constantly run into a vice in the center. I would have black and blue hips all the time.

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 04:25 PM

Yeah, I think that’s a good point… I suppose it will go on the left for now. It’s not like I can’t move it later.

Thanks guys.

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