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    Building the workbench in Woodsmith Vol29/NO.173

    I have finally decide to make something that is NOT a cabinet! A real woodworking workbench.
    The plan calls for the front vise to be the Veritas 70G08.02 from Lee Valley. This vise actually comes in 2 versions. The one the plan calls for does not have the quick release feature, but they have another one that is almost exactly like it that does have the feature. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with either or both of the vises and would be willing to share what you know about them? The quick release feature sound pretty handy, but I can see that it might add some complications to a pretty simple tool.

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    Both my vises are QR and I do find it to be handy. They are not Veritas however.
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    I have exactly that vise installed on the bench that I am part way through building. I have a few things to say about it:

    - The vice is not Veritas. The brand name on it is York.

    - The vise is made in the Czech Republic and it appears to be of the same good quality as an older Record made in the United Kingdom vise that I have installed on another bench.

    - The vise was easy to instal and the instructions are good.

    - I really like the quick release feature.

    -Since my bench is still under construction, I have not used the vise much but I have tested it quite a bit and am happy that I chose it.
    Last edited by Frank Pellow; 11-16-2007 at 07:59 PM.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Larry,

    I have a quick release face vise and honestly don't think I could live without it. Whatever vise you decide on, I highly recommend the QR option.
    Cheers,
    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    - The vice is not Veritas. The brand name on it is York.
    I guess I thought it was a Veritas because it was Lee Valley. The number on the one I am thinking of getting is 70G08.10

    Thanks for the info Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    I have exactly that vise installed on the bench that I am part way through building.
    How's that bench coming along?

    I am going to start mine this weekend, and if my last project is any indication of when I will finish, it's going to be around Christmas 2008 or maybe 2009!

    I swear, I have to be the slowest woodworker on the planet!
    Last edited by Larry Browning; 11-16-2007 at 11:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Browning View Post
    I guess I thought it was a Veritas because it was Lee Valley. The number on the one I am thinking of getting is 70G08.10

    Thanks for the info Frank
    They sell lots of stuff that is not Veritas. But, it's easy to make such an assumption and to be wrong -as I have done a few times myself. T

    he model 70G08.10 is the one that I have. Don't forget to oerder the handle as well.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Browning View Post
    How's that bench coming along?

    I am going to start mine this weekend, and if my last project is any indication of when I will finish, it's going to be around Christmas 2008 or maybe 2009!

    I swear, I have to be the slowest woodworker on the planet!
    My bench was progreesing quite nicely last April, but then I moved to outdoor projects. Next week, I will be back working on indoor projects, but the top prioity is items for Xmas gifts. I don't expect to get back to working on the bench until the new year -maybe you are not the slowest Larry .
    Cheers, Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pellow View Post
    Don't forget to oerder the handle as well.
    Frank, I thought I would turn my own handle. Maybe out of ash or hickory, Is that a bad idea? What is your handle made out of?

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    Not a bad idea at all Larry. I don't have a lathe, so I purchased the $5 handle from Lee Valley. It is made out of some sort of hardwood -maybe maple or ash but it is hard to tell.
    Cheers, Frank

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