Got a LOT done last night, including getting everything glued and trimmed up. Here’s a (slightly blurry) picture of the bench as it is now:
The base is bolted together, but the top is not attached yet. Still, this sucker is heavy and sturdy! I don’t even have the bolts through the base tightened all that much, and it does not rock at all. As soon as I bolt the top to it, I expect it to survive a tactical nuke :D
I need to glue some 1×4’s onto the bottom of the top so that I can lag screw into something solid. I neglected to glue something on the inside (like I did for the legs), nor did I make sure to have one of the cross members of the torsion box lined up with where the leg would be.
I also plan to glue some squares made out of 1x to the bottom of the sides, and then I’ll get some leveling feet to make sure I can level the whole bench. As a final touch, I’ll add some shelves to the base to get a little bit of storage and put some poly on the top to protect and harden it.
After that, phase 2 will begin: adding dog holes and the face/tail vises to the front.
-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"