Or, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Just Do It". This is another one of those things that if I kept waiting until I had it figured out perfectly . . . I would never have one. There are various versions of these focused on various activities. They all share the same goal though; get the work up where you can work on it without hunching over. Mine is out of ply and maple and employs a Veritas Inset Vise.
I cut out some of the stock the other night and laid things out. In order to reduce the weight I am using a sort-of torsion box approach.
I use my bench as a reference surface and make the best use of dumbbells that I know of .
I glue up some of the other parts that are made from laminated 3/4" BB ply. I gang the leg end caps together to dress up the cutouts for the clamp heads.
Here's a gratuitous glue-up shot of the trim being added and some shots of the other parts getting the last few add-ons glued up.
I thought I had planned better but, alas . . . I find myself stuck watching glue dry till tomorrow .