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I need some help and advice on a workbench i am building, I have the base close to being complete. my finished size will be 28 by 72 and 36 high with top thickness of 3 inches of oak with some other hard woods for accents, vices will be extra
My issues are
#1 full top or split top ( split top is favored)
#2 Do I make a cabinet under the top or not.
#3 Full depth
#4 Full height
#5 vice style
 

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
sorry
here are some pictures of progress
Stop before you knock the plywood construction of base, it is super strong and with several coats of sanding sealer and good finish of varnish and wear areas protected, I am hopping for no issues
 

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a) anyone who cares if your bench is plywood doesn't deserve a say in the matter.

1) split
2) yes if you want to
3) set the furthest protrusion of the cabinets back 4" from the back of the front stretchers, this will leave you room to add/use a sliding deadman or similar.
4) leave the top 12" free from obstructions for clearance.
5) up to you on the vises. They all work and can be modified later if you decide you want to change. Focus on priorities first…cost vs. time vs. design vs. use.

Remember you can always add "more" later on. Start with the split top and a face vise or leg vise, either one is fine (to me, a face vise would seem to fit the design of your bench better, but this is a purely personal observation). Then see how you use it and add more vises and cabinets later.

Edit: hop over to the workbench smackdown thread for a boatload more info about all things bench.
 

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I'd never knock a plywood bench. Mine is plywood and I'd bet it is as strong as any other and likely more rigid. Yours looks as if it is made very much like mine actually.
I like a split top although I have a trough in the split so some of the clamping advantages are lost.
I have a great shop stool and sit at my bench a lot so I would take that into consideration when thinking about cabinets.
If you do go cabinets, give yourself knee room and if you will be using holdfasts, leave room at the top for them.
I'm way biased on vice style. Mine are wedge vices and I love them. One leg and two wagons.
 
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