I’ve been working on this bench for I guess 2 months now on my days off. It’s southern yellow pine. I dug around the shelf for at least an hour picking out boards at Home Depot, but could not find any without knots. Not one. Must be an Alabama thing. I decided that a wood screw was in order for my phantom vintage bench, and found one at Lake Erie Toolworks. I didn’t want to invest so much into a vice screw, but I could not find a vintage screwbox on ebay. It is a very nicely finished screw and nut though. I was looking for an 8/4 piece of white ash and happened to see a nice piece of curly maply that was the same price as the ash. Ash is a pretty boring wood so…. the rest is history. I’m guessing this is soft maple, because it really didn’t have any difficulty planing this wood. The parallel guide is some oak that I had laying around. Does anyone else smell pickles when they cut oak? So, here’some photos of my progress on the leg vice.
-- Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. --- Psalm 39:5