As I find myself doing more work with hand tools, and working on larger
projectt, I find I've
outgrown my workbench, and it's time to make -- not buy -- one better suited to
I think I've pretty much decided to use a leg vise in the face-vise position,
combined with a
sliding deadman along the front face. This should give me adequate support, I
working long boards on their edges, and for cutting dovetails in drawer sides,
and so on.
But I'm still wondering what to use as an end vise. I see *lots*
of benches with
tail vise at the end. And I must confess I'm mystified. What benefit do you get
from a tail vise
that you can't get from some other, simpler, less-expensive configurarion?
In particular, I have a Wilton vise similar to this one
that I bought at an auction a while back for ten bucks or so, and I'm thinking
a wooden face about 16" wide on it, and using that for my end vise.
What (if anything) is wrong with that plan?
What might I be overlooking?
What advantages (if any) might a tail vise have over that?