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Offline quietguy

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VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« on: November 24, 2008, 11:57 PM »
Has anyone else used the Vika Twofold table?  I picked up a couple a few weeks ago, and they are great.  My intention was to replace the sawhorses that I use for my sheet-goods breakdown setup.  They have proven much more functional.  At $99, they are well worth the investment.

They are almost exactly the same height as the MFT1080, so they are perfect for additional support.  At 1/3 the weight of an MFT, it is extremely mobile.

While I wouldn't give up my MFTs, these tables are a great compliment to my setup.

Offline Les Spencer

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2008, 10:31 PM »
Doesn't look like any retailers are still carrying it. Tried Costco, Woodcraft and Northern Tool without any luck. :-\ ???
Les (near Indy) XL

Offline sroxberg

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009, 09:45 AM »
Doesn't look like any retailers are still carrying it. Tried Costco, Woodcraft and Northern Tool without any luck. :-\ ???

Both of my local Costco's are carrying the Vika for $99 dollars.

Offline PeterK

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2009, 10:30 AM »
I have had a couple on order from Northern for quite some time now. When I Googled the item, I come up with several legal type documents that are confusing and make it look like they got into trouble for "dumping" at below cost pricing. So, maybe they will never be available? Seems like a nice product that would help me out. Sadly I have no Costco anywhere nearby.
Pete

Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2009, 01:54 PM »
I picked one up from costco up here in winnipeg and I also see woodcraft has it listed in there catalogue as a new item. It seems to be well made and sturdy my only complaint is the arms used for bracing the legs have a locking button that is hard to push in  and doesn't lock on to the leg very well other than this miner thing I think it will be a welcome addition to the workshop.

Offline Overtime

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2009, 02:53 PM »
Looks OK not bad.

QVC of all places .. long boring QVC presentation but shows the product well

Patrick

Offline bobbobbob

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2009, 08:44 PM »
Doesn't look like any retailers are still carrying it. Tried Costco, Woodcraft and Northern Tool without any luck. :-\ ???

Both of my local Costco's are carrying the Vika for $99 dollars.

Do you have the Costco item number for the Vika?  Then 'mwhafner' could contact Costco.com and order it direct.  Just a thought...

Offline Jesus Aleman

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 01:40 PM »

Costco is selling them for CAD$139+tax here in Ontario.

Offline quietguy

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 02:42 PM »
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Then 'mwhafner' could contact Costco.com and order it direct

I already have mine.  I was in Costo this weekend, and they are still available for $99 each.

Offline Gene Howerton

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 07:18 PM »
Yep, I got mine here in Jacksonville, FL two weeks ago for $99.00

Offline EquatorTwo

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2009, 07:55 PM »
Can anyone who owns one report how much it weighs? The Vika website is silent on that issue...thanks.

Offline PeterK

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2009, 08:08 PM »
Heavier than I thought it would be!! Think the shipping weight was 44#. Not sure of exact weight but kind of heavy and with the leg braces hooked up is far more solid than I thought it would be.
Pete

Offline Roger Savatteri

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Question(s) to all VIKA Workbench owners............
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2009, 08:23 PM »
To All Vika owners.......

a few questions,

1. how easy is it to replace the mdf  table top?

2. if you remove the tool tray can one extend a mdf top to cover that area?

3. it's hard to tell from the video, but if you were to place a straight edge over the length of the top extending over the end caps.......
    what is the difference in height of the end cap and the top of the mdf top.........or is it a flush level?

4. each leg extends incrementally, by going into stops along the way? what is each increment measurement (approx)?

5. on that note what is the measurement from floor to top of mdf surface in the short position and the extended position?
     ok 22" & 32" (i just watched the video again........to the end ;))
        .

thanx,

Roger


« Last Edit: February 10, 2009, 09:35 PM by Roger Savatteri »
Los Angeles, California

Offline quietguy

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2009, 12:16 AM »
Roger,

I have been thinking along the same lines. I am thinking of replacing the top on one of mine to create a "mini-MFT".  You couldn't use the clamps unless you removed the plastic mess on the other side, but it would work great with the clamping elements.

Below are the answers to your questions.

1 - I haven't removed to top, but it looks to be just a rectangular piece of 1/2" mdf held on by 8 bolts.

2 - I can't tell for certain, but the braces and rail for the top and tool tray share a common rail.  You should be able to remove the tray and put a full length MDF top.  The tool tray doesn't just pop out.  It is held in place with screws from underneath.

3 - Without going out and checking, I think the top is about 1/8" above the molding for the end caps.  If I replace the top and remove the tray, I will probably put 3/4" or 1" MDF instead of the 1/2".  That would give you additional clearance.

4 - There are only two stops on the legs.  One for the scaffold setting, the other extends the legs for the bench setting.


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with the leg braces hooked up is far more solid than I thought it would be

When you put the braces on, it is incredibly stable.  I have no issues hand-planing on it.  The braces are a little awkward, but they work very well.

Offline Roger Savatteri

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2009, 07:48 AM »

mw.........

.......thank you for your input.

Regarding # 4, (about the leg stops) I'm curious as to their mention in the video "If you set up over uneven terrain you could adjust the legs accordingly."(or something to that effect)

.....also, one more thought, if you remove the orange mesh on the other side would you speculate that that would diminish the stability of the overall table?
(if one would punch holes in the top for use of the Fest-clamps or if by some chance a 1080 mft top split in two along the length would work)

cheers,
Roger
Los Angeles, California

Offline quietguy

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2009, 09:28 AM »
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mw.........

.......thank you for your input.

Regarding # 4, (about the leg stops) I'm curious as to their mention in the video "If you set up over uneven terrain you could adjust the legs accordingly."(or something to that effect)

.....also, one more thought, if you remove the orange mesh on the other side would you speculate that that would diminish the stability of the overall table?
(if one would punch holes in the top for use of the Fest-clamps or if by some chance a 1080 mft top split in two along the length would work)

cheers,
Roger

Each leg is set individually, but mine only has two stops and they are about 10" apart.  You could drill others if needed.

I don't think removing the orange mesh would impact the stability much.  If it did, you could probably put a small triangle in each corner to stiffen it back up.  For me, the scaffold has come in handy several times already,

A 1080 MFT top should work, but you wouldn't be able to get two out of it.  I may have to call my Woodcraft and see if they have one in stock.

Offline Barry

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2009, 08:50 PM »
Howdy folks.  I was wondering if anyone can confirm that they still have the vika two fold available in their local costco.  I have checked the local one and come up dry, just wanted to see if they are still available.
Central NJ

Offline PeterK

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2009, 08:58 PM »
I had to buy from Northern Tool during their free shipping special.
No Costco around here.
Pete

Offline JerryL

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2009, 09:48 PM »
As of two weeks ago, the Costco in Madison, WI. had them in stock for $99.

Offline EquatorTwo

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2009, 09:55 PM »
Gone in Southern California. If you want the customer service desk to check inventory, it was item 220992.

Offline quietguy

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2009, 10:46 PM »
It has been a week since I was in Costco, but the Nashville stores had them then for $99

Offline vteknical

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2009, 12:41 AM »
Mount Prospect Illinois store has them.  In fact this thread has lit the fire under my butt, so I will be buying one tomorrow.

They look and feel sturdy, I have an extra 1080 top I'm going to play Frankenstein with.
Never argue with an idiot, they will drag down to their level and beat you with experience.

Offline Barry

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2009, 09:31 AM »
Thanks guys, now I know what part number to ask about when I call.  Asking for a "Vika Twofold" got me no where fast.
Central NJ

Offline Timothy K.

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2009, 02:17 AM »
Costco has them for sale in the Kansas City area for $70

Offline Steve-CO

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2009, 12:16 AM »
Vika has a new workbench available at Woodcraft, if anyone is interested, Vika

Offline Wood_Junkie

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Re: VIKA Twofold Workbench/Scaffold
« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2010, 02:30 PM »
Just saw these on Rockler under New Products, for $149.99

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=24486&filter=New%20Products

I got one over a year ago via CL, and I like it fine.  Not as useful and integrated into (Festool) woodworking as the MFTs, but you can stand on it!  And it has a big hole for drilling purposes... and some little trays for holding doo-dads while you work.  Overall, pretty useful.

FYI, it is about 1/2" shorter in height than the MFT1080, so that'd be about 3" or 4" different than the MFT3 (?)