|Project by PhillipsTed||posted 11-16-2016 12:38 AM||3413 views||8 times favorited||7 comments|
I’ve been wanting to build a small bench-top bench for a while. When I saw Steve Latta’s design in FW, I decided to build my own version. After shopping for the right tail vise, I settled on the Veritas Quick-Release Tail Vise.
I paid a visit to my local hardwood dealer looking for decent 12/4 stock at least 12-14 inches by 48 inches. I found a nice slab of old-growth soft maple that was left over from a custom mantle project. I needed stock for the legs, planing stop, and trim. I liked the contrast from using some nice rustic walnut that was in stock.
After fiddling around with the design to accommodate the vise, I settled on a height of about 8 inches. It is held down to my main work bench by two c-clamps on the end an a 1/2” stud threaded into a Veritas Bench Anchor at the other end. I can pop it off or on my main bench in about 15 seconds.
My main bench is a little low at 31 inches – and this bench topper bring the work surface up to just about 40 inches. It is good for detail work and light planing while standing or sitting on a bar stool. For heavier planing and milling rough lumber, I use the main bench. With the dog holes and a variety of dogs, holdfasts, clamps and bench gadgets, I can hold almost any part, no matter the shape. It really shines at plowing and grooving long stock.
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