Wow Christmas over again, it always seems to sneak up on you and then your not ready for it. I always close the school for two weeks as I feel it would be nice to have a couple of weeks off - however after 3 - 4 days I get very twitchy and can't wait to get back to it. I have a few little jobs on the bench and I might go in today or tomorrow for a couple of hours.
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I decided to biscuit the bench top pieces not for strength but for alignment. Even with the Plano clamp it is very hard to get them align perfect. On pieces of this size the biscuits add no strength to the construction and on this occasion no glue was added to them - this would help get it together without the biscuits swelling up and holding the assembly apart.
The first three pieces glued and clamped up.
Front rail being dry fitted to align vices - it is very important at this stage to work out exactly where the vices go as this will affect the position of the top. I had decided that the pattern makers vice should be inset as it looked a lot neater. It is however a lot harder to fit in this position. The casting of the vice is poor with different thicknesses and it is not square. A few minor irritations that you just need to be aware of if you ever decide to fit one.