I priced out the cost of the BC plans and kit, and decided it wasn't worth it for me. My bench won't be a knockdown bench, so there was no need for that hardware. Marc's plans were sufficient for me.
As far as width goes, mine will end up being a bit wider (~25-26"). It's easy enough to widen the slabs a bit, and after that it's just adjusting the small rails to fit.
I built a BC Moxon vice about a year ago for a project that needed dovetails, and it was great. I don't dovetail a lot, but I make a fair number of other small projects, and the added height of the table (I built a small bench into the back of the Moxon) makes working on small, detailed projects much easier. As well the ability to clamp irregular shaped objects is useful.
The only problem is storage, as it it about 30" x 12" and made of hard maple, so it is big, bulky and heavy. Overall though, I would do it again.
I guess i didn't consider the value of the plans. I don't attach a whole lot to that beings that most that find BC probably have read schwartz or w/e his name is. There is a crowd that don't want to create their own and just want plans too i guess.
Ah, that makes sense. I had to put my PCS on the ICS base after the fact because the base had to be ordered in. I think 2 strong people could do it (before putting the wings on). I didn't even try because I have a little hand held electric hoist that worked great. You will really like that ICS base. It seemed like a lot of money at the time, but I've not shed a single tear over spending it.
Gotcha. I honestly see the justification for the $35. Not everyone who buys that kit are going to have purchased Marc's plans, and some will like having the hardware in a package to take out the guesswork.
I think you did convince me to buy the vises separately though. I have no interest in the knock down hardware, already have the guild plans, and I might even just do the huge spax screws for the end cap.