Ref tail vises: Have the new style Lie-Nielsen tail vise on my bench, about 8 months of use so far, and there is no slop, or sag to it, performance is outstanding. Turned out to be one of my favorite features. BTW also built a spilt top Roubo.
Here's a shot of the LN tail vise
The LN looks pretty interesting especially the set screws to control slop. I think one of the biggest benefits being mounted in the top itself vs below the top (Veritas) is that the force is more directly applied inline. I guess the trade off is ease of install and quick release.
The installation is more difficult, in fact had installed and helped install a couple of BC wagon vises and that was planned for this current bench.
Wrestled with the fact that this bench was what I considered "my legacy bench" so at the last minute, dug deep down and mustered up the courage to get the LN?
Ref the quick release, you may notice in the picture that the vise handle has spin handles, may change the design but they greatly improved the speed of the vise.
Very nice Andy. Do you have any leather or cork added in to the vise jaws?
Not on the tail vise, there is on my leg vise chop. Have not noticed a need for it on the tail, but may add if I ever do very delicate items.
Love the bench! Looks like you put a lot of thought into it. I hope you enjoy using it!
I'm still making some progress on my own bench, but it's been slow going. Trying to stay motivated to do all of the smoothing by hand has been tough. I can only hope mine comes out in a good, practical shape. It certainly won't look as nice as yours does.
Looks like you're making great progress on yours and got your hands on some great beams for the top! Look forward to seeing it done.
Originally Posted by Eric Schubert