This is the starting material - after a little processing. It’s 75mm thick European oak - some of it worm damaged, but not to any great degree.
Gluing up the slab in smaller groups makes the job much easier.
Gluing up the whole slab. Notice the extended Urko brand clamps. These clamps are brilliant.
Looks good from this angle
Looks even better from this angle.
The frame material isn’t quite so luxurious - this is some unidentified softwood. First step is to heavily belt sand it in case there are any unnoticed nails. A nail or two will ruin a bandsaw blade (and your day) in no time.
After ripping on the bandsaw, no nails.
This is a mix of oak and ash for the other frame members.
After some more processing
Here you can see dowel joints for 75mm long beech 10 or 12mm dowels (can’t remember exactly)
The frame going together
Finally in one piece. It’s upside down in this picture so I can make a generous chamfer for each leg.
Here’s the finished thing with vises mounted and dog holes drilled
The front vise is a Paramo brand (Record clone) non-quick release vise, with oversize oak jaw. The back half is routed into the bench itself, so the bench becomes the back jaw.
This is a smaller 7 inch Record brand vise for flat panel clamping. Again oversize jaw - this time to accommodate a removeable bench dog. Great for clamping long panels along with the other dog holes in the bench.