Back down here in Louisiana, I have found the bench of my dreams at a price that won’t break me. It is already disassembled so shipping and restoration will be greatly simplified.
The shoulder vise is mostly complete:
Tail vise is intact.
I found the base nearby.
Now I just have to figure out the best way to flatten it. If I flatten to too aggressively, there might not be much benchtop left. In deed, a conundrum.
Then there is the whole tool tray issue. Not everybody loves (or likes) tool trays. I have found them to be useful but they do fill up and encourage us to work in a slovenly fashion.
Over in the annex is a similar bench in better shape:
Tail vise is complete.
Shoulder vise needs a screw.
Depressingly, I took a quick look on at Google images and the first two sites I clicked on were offering them as kitchen islands or console tables. One of them offered to fill the tool tray with vintage marble or granite.
That could be the fate of these two benches if we don’t act now to stop it.
French work benches. A terrible thing to waste.
If I can find four that match, what do you think of adding wheels to my bench?