I go away for a few hours and there's 30 responses! Thanks guys.
Brit, that is an awesome bench! LOL.
For those interested in the wood selection on my bench, I am using European Steamed Beech. Like Mauricio said, where we shop it's cheaper than red oak, and it's very traditional. I'm practically finished with the bench--still need to add a tail vise, flatten the top, and add dog holes, but it'll be done pretty soon. I'm waiting on a spiral router bit for the dog holes.