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Posted on Not even a beginner but interested, what can I do without a workbench?

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Don W

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#1 posted 03-14-2012 08:21 PM

If you search LJ’s there are several very small versions of work benches as well. Don’t get me wrong, a good solid work bench is a joy to work off. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Plywood on a 2 x frame will work for most applications. To hand plane it needs to be solid. Attaching it to a wall does that.

Most of my hand tools come from antique shops and flea markets. You can usually find very good and even exception quality tools that just need some tlc.

Make your own mallet. Its a good project for a beginner and there is nothing more satisfying than using a tool you built. Again, search this site, lots and lots of examples.

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