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Bents (Thanks Tom Fidgen)

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Project by RGtools posted 511 days ago 2257 views 13 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted a set of these ever since I read Made by Hand years ago. He mentioned a picture of Krenov’s pair which I found and studied with care (there are by the way several pictures of his bents in The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking). Every where I looked, I soon saw these wonderful little tools.

And every craftsman seemed to do them quite differently. The joints for the lower rail, and from the posts to the feet are fairly standard M&T joints. This, everyone seems to agree on. I used through tenons here; 3/8 for the post-to-foot joint and 1/2 inch for the post-to-lower-rail joint, and I drawbored them for good measure. It’s that top rail that seems to offer a lot of room of interpretation. Tom cut a half lap and dropped his in without glue, Krenov seems to have kept his rail in tact, but bolted his in place through the post, and others use all kinds of tricky joinery. I just cleared out a tight fitting socket (I could lift the horse up by the rail before the glue) and glued it in.

These have been put to constant use in my shop ever since. Why on earth did I wait this long?

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





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Don W

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#1 posted 511 days ago

they look good sitting next to that new tool chest!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Tim Dahn

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#2 posted 511 days ago

Nice! I need to make these also, thanks for the reminder :)

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 511 days ago

Looks good.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mauricio

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#4 posted 511 days ago

those joints look nice and crisp, great work!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Terry Ferguson

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#5 posted 511 days ago

Thanks for showing your bents – well made and useful. I read Tom Fidgen’s book a while back – what a great talent and inspiration continuing the Krenov tradition. Makes me want to get rid of all my machines.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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balidoug

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#6 posted 511 days ago

I have three sets of these, and need to make two more. One set was among my very first hand tool projects. Light but sturdy they work for a multitude of purposes and are easy to set to the side. Yours look particularly well made. Love the close up shots.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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Gary

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#7 posted 511 days ago

I made a set of these about 3 years ago out of poplar and pine.
Still use ‘em regularly; need to make some more of them.
Those look good—nice, tight joints.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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TerryDowning

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#8 posted 511 days ago

Pardon my ignorance
What is a “bent” and what is it used for?

Just curious.

-- - Terry

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RGtools

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#9 posted 511 days ago

They are a European version of a sawhorse. I have to do chores but I will go into more detail after.

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

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RGtools

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#10 posted 511 days ago

Based on their construction they can be used as an assembly area, or for working with large slabs of wood. They can also be used to store components while working so they don’t clutter your bench, or sawbench. This is the biggest reason I built them.

For the past few days, they have sat next to my bench with my tool chest lid on top, with chisel roll atop that, and parts for the trim of my tool-chest on the lower rail. They got unloaded when I bought a truckload of maple and had to re-organize my shop to get them worked in…the are very useful when moving a lot of lumber around in the shop.

Since they take an afternoon to build, they are well worth the time spent and the materials (I used 1” oak throughout, by the way).

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

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ShaneA

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#11 posted 511 days ago

Nice job Ryan. Glad to see you freed yourself from your, umm predicament. They look and sound handy to have around.

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MisterBill

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#12 posted 509 days ago

I made a similar set of those years ago and I use them all of the time. You will find that they are a great addition to your workshop.

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TerryDowning

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#13 posted 508 days ago

Thanks for the clarification. I’ve been thinking about making sawhorses, now I have another option.

-- - Terry

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RGtools

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#14 posted 508 days ago

No problem Terry.

Also a useful addition to the shop is the sawbench, I have 3 at this point, and they are all handy.

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

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TerryDowning

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#15 posted 508 days ago

Darn it!! the projects, they keep piling up!!

Seriously, thanks for that.

-- - Terry

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