I haven't written much here in a while, because life has been crazy. I'm working again, which is great, but leaves me with very limited shop time. Add in the fact that I keep scheduling my weekends for travel, and I have even less.
That said, I've made some progress. I'm just about done with construction of my all-scrap Dutch tool chest: it was made from the remains of a workbench which really wasn't useful to me (2x3 and 1x12 construction, and it wiggled when I pushed on it with one finger). I even managed to scrounge enough screws to do most of the assembly. I'll need to buy a few more screws, some hardwood for the lid-mounted saw rack, and one more board (probably) for the front panel, but it's basically done other than that.
So what's next? A new bench. The one I have is great: it's heavy, it's solid, and I like the way it looks. Unfortunately, it's in my unheated shop, where I won't be working for the rest of the year. So I'm going to build a new one. My intent is to make it portable: either folding, or just something I can dismantle.
Right now, I have two ideas.
1) The Roy Underhill "Woodwright's Apprentice" bench. I like the design, he claims it's stable, and removing a couple of screws lets the whole thing fold up. It'd be pretty cool to be able to fold up my bench and slide it and my toolbox into the back of my car.
2) The Paul Sellers bench. This would require some extra work: it's not really designed to be broken down, though just leaving the legs separate and wedging them in place or something would probably work. It wouldn't fold down into a single package, though. On the plus side, I've worked at one, and I quite liked it.
Either way I don't feel the need for a tail vise (I may install a wagon vise, if I can find a way to make it not stick out at all on the end), and I'm OK with a limited front vise: I'm actually considering just going with the frog design from the Underhill bench regardless of what else I do.
Regardless, it should be an interesting challenge.