I wandered around the internet looking for ideas and stumbled upon plinths. I learned that plinths constitute one of the major elements that make up architectural theory. They are viewed as creating a solid visual connection between the structure and the ground. Hey, I thought, that's what I need, a solid visual connection between my bench and the floor! Given the angular nature of my Nicholson bench, I thought angular plinths would look right, so here is what I came up with:
Hmmm. To me, it looks vaguely like my bench might stomp off in a huff. Well-- on the positive side, these are highly sophisticated "microadjustable plinths," meaning the wide molding on the top lets me fine tune the bench height with shims and compensate for the uneven floor in my garage. The plinths aren't attached to the bench so the moldings keep the legs from sliding off them. These plinths are also cross-cultural: they will work on a Roubo that is too short equally well!
So, does it look like this is what I intended from the beginning and that I have introduced a major new element to workbench design and function? Well, during Peter Nicholson's lifetime Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote about "suspension of disbelief." It would really help me if some of you would cut off the legs of your benches, put them up on plinths and send me pictures because you are so taken with this idea. I'm waiting in a state of suspended disbelief. :-(