How much did you have in the accessories? Bench vices, etc..
Yeah, I agree with you about there being no substitute for a heavy work bench. Mine has a huge 10 inch cast iron vice on it, and it measures 8ft long and nearly 3ft wide. Its got to be a good 300kgs and unless I take all the draws out and everything it contains, I cannot move it all lol. But, then I can apply as much force as I like to stock in the vice, so that's the pay off. For a moveable bench around the workshop, I have folding trestles at 400mm, 600mm, 900mm and 1100mm.I know everyone has opinions on benches, and I appreciate that, but I have also found that if you try to take everyone's ideas from their use case and combine them into a "one bench that combines all the features", then you usually wind up with something awkward and compromised...so I'm going to stay relatively close to the design in the book (except taller because I'm 6'7", and with a tool tray because dropping bench planes sucks.)
I also didn't realize there were bragging rights associated with building a cheap bench from construction grade yellow pine...I consider the Scandinavian style benches and houndstooth dovetails more of a fancy/bragging rights bench, but maybe there's something I wasn't aware of (?)
I am not putting through tenons on the top. Just tenons formed through laminations of the leg, and some 2.5" x 5" mortises that I will mostly drill out and just chisel square. The author recommends against using lag bolts on the SYP, so I will heed that advise. The joints don't scare me. I've done them a ton although never quite this large.
I don't know...I kinda figured this would be the easy route towards building a noice bench. My shop is so small I've not wanted to upgrade my tiny bench until I got more space and I'm tired of the wobbling and fighting on the current bench. It weights over 100lbs.
I finally got a little extra room so I'm putting my bench in its own area, and I can go bigger and heavier like I've always wanted!