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#1 posted 01-31-2013 04:40 AM

Robyn, There are parts I like and some I don’t. As already mentioned, Sitting to apply pressure could be a problem. However, if you put the rear support right where you sit, then you can somewhat rock forward & back to adjust the pressure. In the end though, I’ll bet you’ll get too much pressure and it will be difficult/tiresome to rotate the workpiece.

See if you can find a video of someone using one of the styles of horses. You’ll see that there is quite often a release of pressure to rotate or move the piece.

I really like that you are building it to be collapsable. I think that is a key feature.

Keep tweeking. I’ll second the suggestion to build one as a prototype. Use 2×4’s which can be gotten for free. You’ll get as much feedback with using it as with just questions. Remember that in designing, you’ll have to do revisions. Press on(pun intended).

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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