Late last night we received the following email from Marc Spagnuolo:
Finished up the final part of the retrofit today, including both the new Glide and the Crisscross. All I can say is wow!! I am able to close the vise from a full open position with a quick flick of the wrist. And the hold is strong enough for me to lift the bench with the workpiece. That's without the suede on the chop! Incredible.
Just wanted to let you guys know you once again impress the heck out of me with the quality of the hardware!
In case you've been sleeping under a rock for the past few years (and we feel ridiculous even saying this) Marc owns and operates the online woodworking community/school The Wood Whisperer. Marc built our Split Top Roubo as one of the Guild builds a few years ago. Until we get time (and develop a personal relationship with Francis Ford Coppola) Marc's video series is still the best option for building our bench if you need visual step by step instructions. Marc covers all the bases in minute detail, and gives you more info than you need (the good kind of more.) We imagine Marc will be covering his retrofit on the Wood Whisperer website in the future.