My ultimate workbench– finally finished! The bench has a tail vise, a 24″ face vise, and a patternmaker’s vise. Overall size is 36″ x 92″. The top is 4″ thick laminated hard maple with a 5″ bubinga apron. With all the vise hardware, the bench weighs approx 1000-1100 lbs. The cabinet’s underside was reinforced to allow use of a special low profile dolly that was built. The dolly can be placed under the bench, allowing it to be easily moved around the shop if needed. The bench was constructed in 3 components (cabinet, legs, and top) and can be easily disassembled into the components to allow for transport and reassembly.
The top of the bench is independent of the cabinet portion. The top sits on top of the legs and is actually separated from the underlying cabinet. The top is held in position and alignment by two dowel rod pegs on the front legs and simply sits on the back legs. This allows the top to "float" during expansion/contraction with no stress on the legs or cabinet portion.
24 inch Hovarter face vise with a 7 inch wide bubinga front jaw. The front apron is flush with the the front legs to allow utilization of the leg surfaces for clamping in both the face vise and the tail vise.
The workbench includes 20 drawers and a storage cabinet which are accessed from both sides.
Lie-Nielsen tail vise with a custom sized maple/bubinga case.
14 inch wide pattern maker's vise