This is another of those projects that you want to build as a woodworker. In my case, it started out as a pile of wood in a barn in west central IL.
After quite a bit of milling, I had a nice selection of white oak, cherry and walnut for the workbench. The top is 3-7/8" x 24-1/2" x 89" white oak that is stood on end and laminated together and capped with walnut end caps. The legs are cherry, and the rails are walnut. I got a little lazy and a little intimidated and chickened out on the fancy condor tail end caps.
The plans, leg vice, and tail vice came from Benchcrafted, a darn good local IA business. Due to some poor planning on my part the original leg vice had to be replaced to allow the drawers to open.
The chest of drawers(20" tall, 41" long, 19-1/2" deep) is made from walnut, also from the same stash of wood from the farmer's barn. I spent a little time making Mission style inlay or mosaic, depending on your definition. I do this on a lot of my projects. Inspiration comes from looking at pictures of Frank Lloyd Wright, or Arts and Crafts, Craftsman, Mission, Prairie, or even Greene and Greene stained glass. Here are some pictures of the process:
The legs and drawer cabinet were finished with Arm-R-Seal and the top has a couple of coats of Walnut Watco danish oil on it. To finish off the work bench, I also found an American made bench brush. I like to have things in my shop that inspire me. This bench does that.
Thanks to Duckmilk for the holdfasts!!! (especially the duck foot)
Kenny set me up with an original Miller Falls bench stop to go with the Veritas one I got from Lee Valley
If you got this far then you know the tradition is that there is supposed to be a certain pose: