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Project by rhett posted 367 days ago 2523 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- http://planeandsimpleblog.wordpress.com/





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Dallas

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#1 posted 367 days ago

Looks pretty cool! I may have to build one that size for the new shop I’m going to be forced to build.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 367 days ago

Simple, I like simple
That is a great central bench

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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clieb91

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#3 posted 367 days ago

Nice solution. Looks like it should fit well. Good luck at the show.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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steliart

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#4 posted 367 days ago

this a great small workbench, i like it alot

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Don W

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#5 posted 367 days ago

Well done. Good luck at the show.

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

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aussiedave

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#6 posted 367 days ago

Very nice little bench….good luck with the SHo.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI

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#7 posted 366 days ago

Very nice and simple. All the very best at the Show.

-- ALPHA-ZEE CREATIONS

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BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI

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#8 posted 366 days ago

Very nice and simple. All the very best at the Show.

-- ALPHA-ZEE CREATIONS

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Tugboater78

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#9 posted 350 days ago

It’s a nice little bench, I got to plane on it with some high angle prototype NiceAsh planes and it was very stable

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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