A workbench is one of the most important tools in the shop and needs to be flat, stable and heavy. Lie-Nielsen Workbenches feature simple design and solid construction. No skirt, no tool tray, just plenty of clamping surface. They are made of Hard Maple, a native hardwood that is stable, heavy and tough.
Bench tops are 4" thick solid Maple, machined flat within a tolerance of plus or minus .010". We recommend you reflatten the top as needed, every year or two. The trestle is secured with drawbored mortise and tenon joints.
Our benches come equipped with two rugged vises: our Chain-Drive Shoulder Vise, with 8" of travel, and our non-traditional, "no L-block" Tail Vise, with 6½" of travel. Bench dog holes are along front edge. Dog holes are 1.150" x .950". Holdfast holes along front right leg and benchtop for a variety of work-holding options. Holdfast holes are ¾" diameter. Benches are supplied with two vise handles and two wooden square bench dogs.
Lie-Nielsen benches are finished with a 3 equal-part mixture of spar-varnish, boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. This traditional finish seals the wood, but does not make it slippery. The finish will need to be renewed from time to time. Patent pending.