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#1 posted 06-01-2012 02:06 PM

The plan that I found is a ShopNotes plan, free on their online preview magazine. It calls for fir anyway. I was debating the use of maple instead.

Smitty_Cabinetshop – You make a very good point. I may alter the plan to shorten the height of the cabinet and flush the front apron with the legs. I think the sliding tail vise could also benefit from being positioned near the front leg like on the new Lie-Nielsen bench.

rockindavan – Buying something right the first time is always a good idea. There are many mixed opinions on the top. Some people have gone from a hardwood to a softwood because it dings their projects, others ‘upgrade’ their benches from softwood to hardwood. It seems like its all a matter of preference. Preference that I have no experience with.

Lysdexic – I hear you. I dont intend to build the cabinet right away, it will be constructed after the bench is on the base. Phased approach to see if I need it and allow me to use the bench itself with drawer construction.

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