As promised, here is some pictures of my progress so far. It is a 17th century workbench fashioned after the drawings by a French joiner named Andre Roubo in his multi-volume treatise “The Art of the Joiner”. I am following the plans in the book by Christopher Schwarz called Workbenches: From Design and Theory to Construction and Use. Here’s a link to the Amazon store: http://www.amazon.com/Workbenches-Design-Construction-Popular-Woodworking/dp/1558708405/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350345899&sr=8-1&keywords=workbench+schwarz
The picture on the cover of the book is what I am making. The bench top, legs and stretchers are Doug Fir and the vises, planing stop and crotchet will be made from hard maple. I bought a twin screw end vise from Lee Valley http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?c=&cat=1,41659&p=45114 and will be making my own leg vise (I bought the vise screw for it from Lee Valley as well).