Improved Workbench #5: Closer to the finish.

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Blog entry by Brian024 posted 05-24-2011 07:31 PM 3656 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As progress is winding down, I take time to try out the planning sled and review the bench.

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#1 posted 05-25-2011 03:45 PM

Looks great,thanks for sharing with us. Alf

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#2 posted 05-25-2011 05:35 PM

Looking good. I was the one who talked about the bench height, and if it works for you then keep with it. As far as added features go…use the bench for a while, that’s the best way to find out if you are missing anything. Your style of work will then be able to dictate the features you need. I made it a point to use my bench for almost a year before I started thinking about mods, I have not regretted that decision as I have a good list of things I can do to improve the bench and more importantly I didn’t do any mods that I did not need to.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 05-25-2011 09:41 PM

Brian, I may at some point, it just depends on how things go I guess.

Rg, yeah the height seems about fine, like I mentioned in the video the sled is adjustable and I had the board sitting up a bit to high I think. That seems like a good method on figuring out what should be added.

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#4 posted 05-26-2011 02:49 PM

Brian, thats a nice workbench.

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#5 posted 05-26-2011 06:33 PM

When you pushed the plane over the wood, it seemed to me that the bench moved. Is that my imagination, or are the legs not stiff enough?

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#6 posted 05-27-2011 02:28 PM

Thanks beginningwoodworker.

Br, it does move a bit, I still need top go back and disassemble the bench (which I’m really looking foward to) and glue to main joinery together, I’m guess that will help with it, plus I may need to tighten the lag bolts a bit more.

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#7 posted 05-27-2011 07:35 PM

With my incredible lack of experience the only thing I think I would do with your hook system is add a holes for holdfasts. A good holdfast would keep that back end down when you reach that hook end while your planeing.

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