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The Workbench Book by Scott Landis
© 1987 The Taunton Press, Inc. Newtown, Connecticut. Page 106.

Lewis Judy's workbench, shown here, also is designed with a substantial base cabinet. Judy, of Jefferson, Oregon, added a built-in bank of drawers that pull out from either side of the bench. Instead of a traditional, wooden tail-vise system, Judy mounted a large, quick-action Record vise on each corner of the top. He uses this 'multilateral' bench mostly for routing, chiseling and sanding cabinetwork, and the four vises present numerous clamping options. But with work clamped along one side of the bench, the drawers in the base would be obstructed if they didn't open from both sides.

The dovetailed carcass, which Judy made separately from the base, contains five graduated drawers hung on ½ inch thick oak. Drawer bottoms are oak-veneer plywood. The rest of the base and the top are robusta eucalyptus, milled from logs cleared off a Hawaiian highway. The wood is extremely hard, dense and unstable (although it has finally settled down after four years of benchlife). It also eats carbide router bits. The density of the robusta, in combination with the mass of wood and its 36 inch overall width, makes for an exceptionally sturdy workbench.

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