I was going to make some crack about Vice or Vise, but I think it’s come off a bit flat.Â Instead, I’ll just post a pic of my new score and babble on a bit about my workbench plans.Â (and struggles.)
I found this at a fun store to visit, Second Use,Â where I like to check for recycled materials to use in my woodworking.Â Kind of my thing, which should be interesting as I move into more furniture type things.Â I did see a bunch of Poplar that might be good for a project I’m considering.Â Any way, I saw the vise pictured to the right on the site, and went down to take a look.Â It is a bit rusty on the surface, but it’s still usable, and it’s massive!Â It cost me $45 at that size, and condition for a quick release vise I think that’s about fair.Â A little elbow grease, a wire brush and some WD-40 should be good.
As for the bench this goes on, it’s a bit of a struggle right now.Â I’m having lots of problems figuring out what I want out of a bench, at what I can afford to pay.Â I want it solid, a thick top, a good height for hand tool wood working, and able to hold work well in lots of ways.Â Â I’ve been reading Chris Scwarz’s book on Workbenches, and it’s full of good ideas.Â Too many good ideas.Â It’s somewhat maddening because I want to narrow it down, not expand the list.
I’m actually coming close to a final idea, only just recently, from the book mentioned above.Â The “roubo” which is oft mentioned on the internet, in the woodworking forums, etc.Â However, it’s got a lot of what I want, plus it’s compatible with what I already have.Â I have a base pretty much built already in another bench that came with the house.Â It’s got solid 4×4’s for legs, and is a good layout size, it’s too high but some sawing will fix that.Â It really just needs a good top, and some hardware.
Which brings us back to the vise. :)Â See what I did there?