After 3 years in storage, some of the first white and red oak I processed through the sawmill has been converted into this variation on a traditional workbench design for woodworking. It features a super heavy “L” shaped end vice and a front or shoulder vice on the other side of the table. The top is 25″ wide and just over 9 feet long. At an estimated a weight of about 600 pounds, the table will not budge even under the stresses of sawing, sanding or planing hardwood boards clamped in the vices.
A workbench like this is great for any woodworking task and provides a perfectly level surface for project assembly. Soon, I’ll install a gun stock vice (currently on my workmate workbench) which I use to sand and restore hand saw handles. Right now, I’ve got the bench on casters for mobility. However, as soon as I decide on a final location, I’ll probably remove the casters for maximum stability.
The bench top and stringers are white oak. The legs and end caps are red oak. The vice build up wood is pecan/hickory.