Slightly Different Workbench
Thought I'd share some details of the workbench I built 9 years ago and which has served me well ever since.
I was messing around with wooden boats at that time and had a need for a robust bench that I could easily transport back and forth from my shed to the boatyard. Robust and easily transportable seemed to be incompatible ideas, so I decided to make a really solid and heavy bench that I could easily dismantle.
The base is held together by truss rods, with the stretchers located in position by loose dowels. (No glue.) The top is extremely heavy, and sits on top of the base located by positioning blocks, but not fastened to the base.
The top is in three pieces, which when assembled, are held together by endcaps, with dowels and coach screws.
The whole assembly can easily be disassembled into manageable sections in less than 15 minutes, simply by removing the coach screws in the end caps and undoing the nuts on 4 of the truss rods.
The difference from a conventional bench, is that I left a large gap in the top, slightly towards one side. The idea was to make it a little more router friendly in being able to clamp workpieces of greatly varying sizes to the top. I originally had a filler piece that I could insert to make the top one piece, but I discarded that after the first six months. I found it unnecessary and more often than not, I had it removed.
I also built a leg vise with a foot adjustment lock that I've so far not come across anywhere else. The bottom of the leg has a 1 inch dowel that slides through a 1&1/8 inch hole in the base of the bench. The locking device is a piece of wood about 8 x 3 with a 1&1/8 inch hole bored at one end. The other end has a 3 x 4 inch piece of wood fixed at right angles. ( An L shape.) It is placed on the dowel, between the leg vice and the bench, with the foot closest to the bench. All that is required to set the leg vice is to place the workpiece in the jaws, adjust the bottom so that it remains parallel with the leg of the base and using your foot, move the lock so that the foot of the lock contacts the base. Then tighten the vice screw. With the screw acting as a fulcrum, the clamping effort is shared with the force on the workpiece. The more force that is applied, the greater the locking force. It has never ever slipped. Release is a simple as slackening off the vice screw and removing the workpiece The lock will then be free. Gives a very large range of adjustment, is quick to use and best of all, no bending down