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Project by garysharp posted 2107 days ago 4496 views 27 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This mini workbench is made to mount exactly on to the top of my main workbench. It has two drop down post extensions to get locked into two of main bench vices. When it is locked down it is as solid as the main bench. I had to have it to do dovetails. Without it I could only do about one hour of cutting dovetails and with it I can go all day. The bench is the exact height for me to cut dovetails. Each time I wanted to use another tool I just cut a new hole it the top of the mini bench. If you look at the top you can see about a thousand cuts in it from cutting the dovetails. That is all right because it is a workbench.
The oval holes on the left side are for my eight dovetail chisels 1” down to 2mm. Six of which I had to make. The round hole far left is for the magnifier and light. The two slotted holes in the back center are for two LN back saws, rip and crosscut. On the right, the first hole is for my carvers mallet, the next three are for marking knifes, next is the TITE-MARK wheel cutter, next is a 0.5mm marking pencil, the next two pairs of holes are for small and then large dividers and last is a iron wood and brass hammer that I made to seat dovetails. All of the other holes are for bench dogs that I made, and a custom made holdfast made by a blacksmith in Oregon

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#1 posted 2107 days ago

Great ingenuity and desgn.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#2 posted 2107 days ago

Very good idea, a friend of mine has a set at the end of his workbench for this but it takes up the room even when not in use and limits the usable space.

-- Gary, Missouri

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Rob Drown

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#3 posted 2107 days ago

Is this a GARY club or can anyone comment. (joke)

Beautiful design.

Excellent height and gets the board right in your face so don’t have to bend over.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#4 posted 2107 days ago

Very nice! On the third picture, the left side of the bench seems to have a series of graduated ovals cut into the top. Can you tell me about these?

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#5 posted 2107 days ago

Robb, Sure I will update the project. Thanks for the comment. garysharp

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#6 posted 2106 days ago

Great idea, well done!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 2095 days ago


Very interesting idea, I would be interested in knowing what the overall height of your bench is as well as the height of the smaller bench and your personal height. I have a bench similar to your own and would love to build a similar smaller bench for the same reason, it would help in the design work if you could comment on the relative heights you chose and why.


Derek Tay

-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design

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#8 posted 1669 days ago

thats very cool. For me i usually sit down on a higher stool for when i cut dovetails. it works very well because i can sit down while i do all my work instead of standing up. but i really like your idea because you have little holders for your tools. my bench gets very messy VERY fast… haha

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#9 posted 1595 days ago

very clever idea to make a small bench to sit on top of the real bench
great work
and I secon Beaudex what about the dimension on it?
what about those drop down legs does they slide down or what ?
and wuold realy like to see it with full set of tools ot wuold bee cool


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#10 posted 1595 days ago

very neat idea, i’am tring to get my stuff together to cut handcut dovetails i got some chisels i need dovetail chisels and a better saw and marking guage. I’m in the process of geting the saw and marking gage then will come the chisels. Is there a way for you to blog on how to make the vise you made?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#11 posted 1595 days ago

...from the forest of Borg.

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#12 posted 1594 days ago

Thanks Guys, It has worked out very well for me. I do have a 2set DVD with with complete plans and drawings that i sell for $20.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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