Well, I haven’t gotten a lot of time in the shop lately, but I did get two coats of BLO on the bench, and I’m calling it complete.
Overall I’m happy with the way it turned out. I might still ad a shelf underneath, or I’ll just store my bench jigs on the floor underneath. I installed a wall mounted shelf and tool rack, so most of what I need easy access to is just behind the bench in easy reach.
I’m happy with how the LVL worked out. I would have preferred solid maple, but the cost difference would have been a lot. With a 3.25” thick top, there is no perceptible flex in the top when I stand on top of it and jump up an down, and at over 300#, it’s plenty solid.
I tried out the leg vise, and found it wasn’t gripping that well; the boards had a tendency to rock. Even thought everything was planed flat, I found there was a very slight crown on the inside of the chop. A few strokes of a hand plane fixed it and the grip is impressive. I do like how fast the Lake Erie screw moves; running the screw in and out is very quick.
I’ll try to remember to post one last entry after I’ve had time to really get to use the bench and decide how well I like the layout.
If anyone has any questions I’d be happy to discuss it.