Its been a ambition of mine to build a proper woodworking bench for many years now, a friend of mine in college works at a local timber merchants and this was a perfect opportunity to order some timber and get started on it. I decided just to order the timber for the top to begin with as i have not finalised exactly what i plan to do for the vices nor the base. I ordered 12 lengths of 1.4m x 50mm x 120mm steamed beech. I asked for it to be "dressed all round' to reduced the amount of thick-nessing as i only have hand tools to do this, still a significant amount of work to get these flat and smooth enough to glue together.
I decided to do a "split top" bench as when i need to remove it from my loft i will actually be able to get it back down the hatch. This design consists of 2 slab consisting of 6 boards each and about 1" between them for a total width of about 56cm/22".
The joinery throughout it mortice and tenon, the long stretchers are going to be bolted into the legs so i can be taken apart when needed.