Roubo workbench: leaving enough room for a tail vise?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 808 days ago 670 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m building a Roubo workbench. The ends of the bench top extend 15” past the legs. Most tail vises (and quick-release vises, wagon vises, etc.) require at least 17” or 18” of space between the leg and the end of the bench. When I start chopping mortises for the legs, should I locate the legs a little closer to each other to make room for a tail vise, or should I plan on putting end caps on the end(s) of the bench to make the overhang(s) a little longer?

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#1 posted 808 days ago

I would have the tendency to say move the leg in and leave the end caps off. I don’t like how the end caps always seem to stick out beyond the rest of the top, which throws off how the vice works a little. That may cause a tail vice to rub some.

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