I've decided on a Nicholson-style bench with straight legs with a 12" Veritas twin screw vise. At the moment I don't think I'm going to put a tail-type vise. I found that I didn't use the one I have all that often so why bother. If you've ever seen Paul Sellers' bench you will get the idea. I spent a few weekends down at the wood shows in the US last year sharing a lecture stage with Paul and I got a chance to work on his bench. As far as benches go, it is pretty modest but I really like it. It's plenty stout despite being made of SPF and the size is perfect for my tiny shop. The most impressive part of this type of bench is how rock solid it is thanks in part to the legs being let in to the aprons with a dado.
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