reible wrote:Had a chance to check out the video and it is interesting but I don't see me needing or even wanting one. I have a front mounted vice on a work bench and I can't even remember the last time I used it so having a nicer vice most likely would change that.
I'm actually thinking about parting with the old bench, maybe on of my boys will take it. I made it years ago as a proof on concept and when I was more into hand tools. I was going to make a better quality one with better wood but since it has been so long and it hasn't happened I have to face the fact it never will.
Besides my thinking that long ago was a lot different then what it is today. That is the problem with wood working, well at least for me, I end up changing how I work and with what tools I use. After making a half dozen ultimate router tables, several ultimate storage units for under the shopsmith I came to understand that "ultimate" is way over used in wood working.
Things like having a tool tray on the back of the bench, cool then, now not so much. Likewise all these big heavy bench vices, I just don't need them for what I do and I don't ever see me needing one in the future.
I like it but I don't really need or want it, but it was cool to look at.
Ed you offer an interesting view point. Like you I can not recall the last time I used my bench vice. Actually the bugest use of my bench is as a staging table where I place the things I will using next in my build or project. I work off a simple work table ( 4x5 sheet of hardwood ply on saw horses) , that is why I am so interested in the Festool MFT, the Rockler Table, the Kreg Table, and now the Kreg cutting system
Like you my woodworking has evolved over time I once used my workbench almost exclusively tool tray and bench vises and all. But size width mostly has caused me to find other methods. Also the increase of cordless tools has made it easier for me to move around. Many times I just move out in the drive where I have less concern about dust, cleanup and lighting.
Other projects are just easier to go to them, taking a portable table and clamping system along.
lastly I cannot recall when I needed a vise as wide as this new vise. I would think an 8 vice with a aux support would suffice.