As promised, she's right side up now, with vices and finish, just not finished yet. The other monstrosity is not gone yet, either, but it will be soon.
I spent the last two days installing the end vise and making and installing the leg vise. I was very pleasantly surprised by the holding power of the leg vise, especially with the addition of a leather
I was disappointed in my installation of the end vise. I had visualized the jaws being flush with the end of the bench, but it did not work out that way. All in all, I don't think it makes that much difference. I had the opportunity to use the bench some in making the leg vise, (is this workbench masturbation ?) and so far I love it.
The photo is a little "Woodworking Magazine", but what the hell, that WAS the inspiration.
And the leg vise...complete with turned handle of oak and cherry.
Today's work list is the shelf underneath and then its on to making the boxes for the center of the top, and finding a home for the old monstrosity...
(Oh yeah, I neglected to mention that so far the total cash
outlay is about $96.00, not counting time, labor & aspirin.)