I have been looking at a lot of front bench vises for the European Style
Workbench that I am trying to build (I'm very new to woodworking). I
suppose that I don't know enough to make up my mind. I would appreciate any
and all recommendations.
Since you don't have a specific question, I can only give you a pointer to a
"The Workbench Book" by Landis. I think it's less than $20 at Amazon. It
covers wokbench design from Euopean to Japanise ... It even has a chapter on
the workmate (Love it or hate it, it is a unique an ubiquitous in the modern
landscape of "benches")
Vises are covered in depth.
Vises are very specialized to the type of work being produced, carvers,
patternmakers, machinists, cabinetmakers are some of the basic types of
specialty vises you will find. My bench is a traditional Scandinavian style
with both tail and swivel shoulder vises which are adequate for my hand tool/
power machine style of work, not high power vises but I like certain aspects of
the versitility they offer.
Most folks are satisfied with a common front vise and a double screw veritas in
place of a tail vise. I recommend a front vise that has a fast action feature.
The ultimate in functional front vises would be a patternmakers vise like an
Emmert but they are very pricey and a bit hard to find, there are reproductions
of somewhat lesser quality at maybe half the price that I hear good things
In the end it will come down to the types of things you build and the techniques
you use in terms how much or little you employ hand tools into your work.
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