I finished my workbench last night. I ‘m pretty happy with it, though there are a few things I’m going to continue to work on.
One is the wheels supporting the leg vise. I got some small rubber casters from a big box, and as it turns out they’re just not round. So I’m in the market for some better ones (suggestions on suppliers, anyone?).
The second is the $32 Shop Fox screw handles. The screws work find – the problem is that the handles are steel, with little steel ball-shaped caps pressed on the ends to hold them in place and keep them from sliding through the transverse hold at the end of the screw. Sure enough, I hadn’t had the bench finished for half an hour before I turned the leg vise screw, and the handle dropped to its end-stop (as bar handles are wont to do), and the ball popped off the end, letting the handle drop to the floor with a clang. So it was on to the Grizzly site to buy some cast iron wheels. Hope they work out better!