I'm designing a new bench, it's going to be more of a hybrid bench to fit my own needs. It will have a 2.5" cherry top, Pecan frame and cherry drawer fronts.
My question is this. I've never had / used a shoulder vise and I'm wondering if I'm missing out. I've been able to do everything I wanted with a single screw face vice and tail vise but for the new bench I'm considering a Shoulder Vise instead. Not having any experience with them though I'm not sure if it would be an improvement or not. BTW, I'll still have a tail vise either way though.
One down side I can see right off is that I do quite a bit a edge jointing on long boards (6'-14') with the board clamped on edge in the front screw vise and board jack. (MAIN QUESTION) How do I still do this with a shoulder vise? Especially when we talking about 15" wide boards?
I'm guessing there are advantages to the shoulder vise as well. I can see it being a better vise for Dovetailing wide and tall boards as well as edge clamping larger stock but is it worth the trade off?
I think I've already decided to stick with the screw vise but I want to make sure I'm not overlooking some earth shattering advantages.
As always, THANK YOU for your time and insight!