This bench is built around Rockler's 24 X 72 beech benchtop. I wanted a solid work surface that I could move around the shop (single garage stall), and effectively store against the wall when not in use. It was a little tricky to get the top's hinges at the correct height to allow the gas struts (120 lb capacity each) to have the proper range of motion.
The top is surrounded by hard maple, and that wood is also used for the vice jaw faces and short stretchers. The legs are red oak and the long stretchers are alder. I have since added a long stretcher between the front legs for extra stability.
Jay, the Arlington store manager did a great job with his vise recommendations.