Monday, February 24, 2014

Portable Bench, the First Outing

Portable Bench at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
So the portable bench fared pretty well on its first live outing for the Door Panel Replacement presentation at the Preservation Resource Center. I didn't get around to installing a vise on the bench so I worked with just holdfasts and a planing stop. All in all it worked very well but it would be useful to get a planing stop along the back edge for traverse planing and perhaps some kind of stop/crochet for edge work on the front of the bench. Those minor things aside it was an enormous improvement over the Black & Decker workmate that I used last time, those are definitely not for hand plane work. I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of use out of this bench for presentations as well as working outside when the weather is nice.

The legs come off by undoing 3 carriage bolts for each leg. That separates the bench into 3 manageable pieces that fit easily into my car. At home I store it on end in the corner with the legs beside it.

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