Workbench height extender

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Project by Doug posted 11-23-2011 07:39 PM 7923 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was in need of a more comfortable way to chop and saw dovetails by hand. The last project had me bending over for so long I thought I might just get stuck in this position. So by making this bech of ash (work top) and the base ( Doug Fir) just over 12” it brought my chisel work up to a more comfortable hright without changing the height to plane boards. The vise allows me to hold boards while I saw out between the pins. Along with the iron holddown to chop out the tails. I really find this a great tool addition to hand work.

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 08:08 PM

Nice job. A bench on a bench really adds a lot of versatility and comfort for cutting joinery. Thanks for sharing.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 08:27 PM


-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 09:42 PM

Nice bench, I am looking making one of these myself. Did you make the screws? Trying to find a good source of them.

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 10:34 PM


-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#5 posted 11-23-2011 10:49 PM

where’d you get the wood screws? Make them yourself r purchase them? LOVE it!

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 01:10 AM

great work :-)
thank´s for sharing


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#7 posted 11-24-2011 01:11 AM

Great Job! How do you secure the Ash bench to your work bench?

-- So much wood, so little time

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#8 posted 11-24-2011 03:18 AM

I’ve seen a few of these on LJ’s but have no idea what the use of a 1/4 scale workbench is. Can someone help me out?

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#9 posted 11-24-2011 04:17 AM

Nice little bench and good job building it.
I won’t ask about the screws but more pics would be good and I hope your ts is not your bench !

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 11-24-2011 09:30 AM

Excellent idea. I’m getting sick of bending over dovetails myself, so this project may join my queue. Do you secure the mini bench to the main bench somehow?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 11-24-2011 02:38 PM

Great idea! would love to hear more details.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 11-24-2011 03:06 PM

You have a holdfast on the bench, but are there any holes in the bench top? I cannot see any?

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#13 posted 11-24-2011 03:45 PM

Great idea.

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