|Forum topic by Sandra||posted 301 days ago||1556 views||0 times favorited||50 replies|
301 days ago
In case you’re wondering – yes, I think I have more money than brains sometimes.
I presently have no fixed clamp set up or vice. I bought a nice second hand bench vice last year, but can’t set it up properly at my work desk. My desk is great for storage, but is too high for doing any kind of work with hand tools.
My Dura Bench is handy, but not a permanent solution. I don’t want to build a bench at this point, because I think my expectations would be much higher than my skill level. The Veritas benches are drool worthy, but way out of price range. I’ve been ogling the Lee Valley catalogue but even the price of the vices make me cringe.
Browsing Kijiji yesterday, I came upon this:
It’s listed as a “NEW European style workbench”. I thought it was something someone had bought and was trying to resell because I recall seeing one similar last year. I called the number tonight and ended up having a brief but very nice conversation with the older gentleman who built the bench. He’s built others and sold them. He told me the top is birch, 73” long, there are two vices, a row of bench dogs along the front but said “you gonna say what da h*lll did I do before I got dis bench – ya better ta come see it.” After I stopped laughing, I arranged to go see it tomorrow. If he’s stooped over and smells like pipe tobacco, I’m a goner. If this guy is as genuine as he sounds I’ll at the very least have made a new acquaintance.
So, any thoughts out there, good bad or otherwise? I know price varies widely depending on region, but I’m hoping for some opinions. His asking price is $900, but I consider that a starting point. I also happen to have some nice birch that I just planed that he might be interested in taking toward the price.
Also, is there anything I should look for? Obviously I’m hoping it’s not held together by nails.
Any comments would be appreciated. As always, thankful for your input.
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.