My bench has had a gaping…er…gap in the middle of it since I built in in December 2012.
Since I have Thanksgiving week off, I thought I’d remedy the situation. The divider is a simple piece made with two boards of sapwood-y black walnut with oak spacers.
The bench was quite useful for gluing the thing together.
The shot below shows that I staggered the spacers to accommodate different sized tools.
After a little cleanup on the table saw and some finessing with handplanes, it fits!
Next I added a “step” to the divider so that the top would protrude about 1/8” from the top of the bench, making a planing stop.
The maple shim rides on top of the horizontal top supports and the two bumpers keep it from moving.
With that finished, the divider functions as a planing stop for wider panels.
Disregard the fact that I have a handplane on plywood – I didn’t have a scrap of a wider board to use for an example, so plywood had to do.
Aaand, if I don’t need it as a planing stop, I just slide it back a couple inches and the spacers make nifty tool rests.
Thanks for looking. All I have left to do now is flatten the top and apply BLO! So close!
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