My old bench was just not cutting it. Not sturdy enough for using hand planes, could not store other large tools, it was too low (I am 6’7”) and it was just not cool.
For my new bench I choose to use Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) for the top and Douglas Fir for the legs. Here are some of the other choices I made for the bench:
Legs – Co planer with top, 5.25” x 5” x 39” with Mortise and Tenon joints that will be pegged
Thick top – 3.8”
Split top – The top will be friction fit and bolted to the legs. This was need for clamping, sawing and other needs, but also because I am not yet skilled enough to plane a whole bench top and it will along me to remove the top and run through the planer with I need to reflatten it.
This was my first major glrfue up and realized there is such a thing as too much glue. Dam squeeze out!!
Here is the work bench currently, dry fit to get the size for the stretchers.