Here is a picture of my workbench. The plans were taken from FWW Matt Kenny’s Monster workbench http://www.tauntonstore.com/matts-monster-workbench-065101.html and it is monster. It’s a real beauty to work on, flat and stable.
I used hard maple for the top and fir for the base. Fir is finished with 8 coats of poly tung oil while the top just has a healthy boiled linseed oil bath.
The plans were modified slightly to accommodate the vises I chose. I went with the Veritas Quick-Release Sliding Tail Vise – http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=65746&cat=1,41659- This is an excellent vise, the range is great and the action of the quick release is crisp.
The Large Front vise – http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=31137&cat=1,41659,41661&ap=1 This vise is ok but I think I’m going to swap it out for one of these soon-Veritas Quick-Release Front Vise http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=67755&cat=1,41659 I love the action of the tail vise so I am excited to try this set up.
The biggest part of the job was milling the top pieces a lot of jointer planer passes here. The top is held on with two 1” maple dowels on each apron which I have to remind people of when I need help moving it.
I would also like to have a small storage area under the bench, not something that takes up the whole space but a space to hold a few items.
Any comments or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks for looking at my work.