Here is a better pic of my workbench top and shop made end vise. The legs are almost done. I did some experimentation with a drawbore (name?) tenon that you can see on the back end. The empty space is where the half long tool tray will be. Honestly, I am undecided about the tool tray. Would it even be possible to just fill it in? Suggestions would be great! :)
This is my first attempt at dovetails. And they are extremely hard! I am sure you can see the little spaces/discolorations but I really didnt want to waste the piece of wood so I just used it and used some wood filler.
Here are the NEW legs! I had originally built trestle style legs but they did not line up well once the top was completed. They are all mortise and tenon joinery. (Have not glued or bolted them in place yet)
This is the front stretcher where the sliding leg vise will slide on.
More detail of the front stretcher track and mortise.
As you can see, this is a picture showing the underside of the workbench. I opted to go with half the length of my original tool tray in an effort to gain more work space. The only problem is, since I have gone ahead and began the reconstruction of the base (the old sled base sits lonely in the corner) and cut the tenons on the Roubo style legs. That being said, I am in a bit of a problem with putting the back legs flush with the top because of the gap for the tool tray. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!
This is a pic showing my shop made vise cavity and the leather I put on the moving dog block. I haven’t fully drilled all of the round dog holes but will be working on that today (just got the round bench dogs from Lee Valley).
This full length end vise had quite a bit of wracking when I would try to clamp so I came up with this attached screw method for anti racking (see black screw at left side of vise jaw). I toyed around with it a bit and it seems to do the job. I just hate having to keep turning the screw to get to the right thickness but I suppose this is better than rummaging around through my unorganized shop in hopes to find a board of like thickness to the one I am clamping. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Oh, I made the vise jaw out of exotic Lati (also known as Yaya or White Wenge) purchased from ebay.