My new work bench made by Leif Karlsson in Sweden has arrived http://www.workbenches.se/en/index.php.
The carriers in this country lost it for a week but thankfully found it again!
It the smallest of the benches he produces at 1600 mm long (53") but this is an ideal size for the way I work and is still a pretty hefty bench. He made it taller than normal at 37" which suits me.
It is a traditional Scandinavian bench with a hefty tail vice and very useful shoulder vice.
Considering the work involved they are very reasonably priced, even with the shipping costs from Sweden.
There are five sets of large scale dovetails..........
........both through and half blind.
The top is mortised and tenoned into the cross rail for added strength.
It's no wonder no one is making this style of bench any more.
The tusk tenons lock the frame firmly together, such a simple and effective joint.
Leif kindly signed the bench for me, this was to be the last he was going to make before retiring. But he's since told me he's turned 8 more vice screws, so if you are interested in one of his fine benches I'm sure he can be persuaded!