Mahogany base with plywood bottom shelf. Ash top edged with purpleheart (because of it’s hardness). Veritas twin-screw vise and shoulder vise. Hand cut all of the mortises and tenons. Resorted to a power drill for the bench holes. Realized once I was done that I’d gotten carried away with the holes – dang it! Still a great user. Glad I can move on to real furniture – but I’m afraid I’ll scratch my bench!
Design was my own after digesting all the usual web content as well as books like Schwartz’s. Legs are flush to top along the side with the shoulder vise so that large panels may be clamped. Wanted a shoulder vise for the extra surface it provides as well as for dovetailing by hand and clamping long boards lengthwise. All in all I’m pretty proud of this bench and can’t wait to see what I can build with it!
Second to last photo is bench in-progress as well as some of the tools I used and my own shop drawings.