|Project by rhett||posted 07-27-2013 03:13 PM||3715 views||21 times favorited||9 comments|
Signed up as an exhibitor,at the upcoming Woodworking in America conference. Figured I needed a spot for potential customers to try out our planes. The area is only 10×10, so a large bench was out of the question. This one measure 32” long, 33” high and 24” deep. The top beams are 3 3/4” thick ash.
I centered cheap Bessey vises on both sides, recessed into the top. This way either two people can play at once, or I can give direct, one on one instruction. The legs are left proud of the main top, and act as supports for the vises. They also have a slight 5 degree splay. This makes for a very stable bench top, even though it is small.
I split the top to hold planes when not in use, but did not attach a center board. This way it can be removed and rigged up with trash bag. Don’t want to spend too much time keeping my area clean and thought this would be a good solution.
Will drill for some dogs on each end, eventually.
The bench behind is where I usually work, but have found the lower height of this purpose built bench, to be much more comfortable for planing.
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