I will now have room for a proper bench. I have a stock of reclaimed 8/4 c herry that is in 6-inch x 8-foot planks for the tops and legs. Top skirt w ill be hard maple. Finish will be Watco natural, although my first instinc t was 4-5 coats of semigloss poly -- but the guys at Sawmill Creek dissuade d me.
Question for today is on the vises, dogs and dog holes. I'm planning on bo th a front left vise and a side vise. I'm leaning toward the front vises a t Lee Valley: http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p1137&cat=1, 41659,41661. I think the smaller of the two will suffice, but I could be n udged toward the larger. Your thoughts?
For the tail vise, Lee Valley offers: http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page .aspx?p1136&cat=1,41659
With respect to the dog holes, it will be a lot easier cutting square holes before glue-up of the top than boring 3/4 inch holes through 2 inch cherry . Any thoughts on this approach? I plan on making my own dogs, although I saw some metal ones at Rockler the other day with a spring strip that woul d make them adjustable in height.
Looking forward to the usual lively discussion.