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pendledad

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12-04-2012 02:31 PM

I just stumbled across these pictures and I though I’d share. During my Japanese saw horse project all I had to work on was a shop bench and an old workmate. I needed to do some planing, and I couldn’t get a setup that was sturdy enough.

So I remember reading the Toshio odate book about how they would just slam a board into a wall or huge stump to provide a planing beam.

I did the same thing here. Clamped a 2×4 in the workmate and pushed it up against the wall. Then I used the plastic dogs to hold a plane stop… it actually worked pretty good.

Not a bad solution until I have a real bench with a vice.


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#1 posted 12-04-2012 02:54 PM

pretty creative

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 02:56 PM

that is awesome and your timing is uncanny as I too am without a bench at the present!! Thanks for posting!

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#3 posted 12-04-2012 04:38 PM

those workmates never die, I still have one I purchased about 35 years ago…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 04:58 PM

The best part is this workmate was my grandfather’s. My dad passed it down to me… lol … instead of heirloom planes & chisels, we roll workmate style in my family.

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 02:19 PM

Yea – somewhere in the “workbench smack down” LJ thread, some guy didn’t have a workshop or bench so he used his porch as his shop and the rail as his bench. Thought it was very creative.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 03:41 PM

I clamped a planing stop to a clients deck railing and used my block plane to shave down a small board.

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 04:29 PM

is this the railing you remember?

I have since moved to another locale. The back porch on the old place was even covered with it’s own roof!

A nice. solid 2×4 rail. Just about anything could be clamped up on it.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#8 posted 12-14-2012 03:19 AM

If you posted those pics in “work bench smack down”, they would be the ones. I’m impressed by what folks can do when they have nothing, as a matter of fact, that make do bench impressed me more then the real fancy benches I can’t tell you anything about.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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