I don’t think I’ve really covered the dead-man much in this series, so here’s a short blog on it. The purpose of the dead-man is to support longer boards that you have placed in your leg vise for edge planing. The design I’ve chosen for mine is a fairly bland rectangular shape as you can see here:
So, to build it I had a piece of jatoba about 5/4 thick which I hand planed and cut to size. Not sure of the exact measurements here, but I could take a tape measurement to them if someone really wants them. Then I cut a rabbet at the top to fit into the groove cut out of the bottom side of the bench top (no picture, sorry).
I then drilled a number of 3/4” holes to hold pegs or holdfasts at various heights. Then chamfered the edges of the holes with a router and chamfer bit. [Mauricio, notice how light the color is before the oil.]
One of the key issues I faced was figuring out how to make the dead-man flush with the front legs when the bottom stretcher was centered on the legs. The following diagram shows how I accomplished this:
As you can see, the bottom stretcher has a sloped top (red color). There is a bracket on the back of the dead-man that is also sloped, so that gravity pulls the dead-man (colored black) tightly against the stretcher. The Blue is the bench top. Because of the open space in the benchtop above the dead-man, I can move the dead-man around easily, but it still sits in place soundly. Here’s a photo that shows the wooden bracket on the back of the dead-man:
This is how I built my sliding deadman, but there are certainly other methods. Any questions, comments?
-- "hold fast to that which is good"