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Flip-Up Bench Stop and Workbench Finish

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Blog entry by WirelessWoodworker posted 05-10-2020 06:07 PM 595 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I can’t believe that I didn’t know about the blogs here on LJ! Think I’m blinded by all the fantastic project pictures. Anyway – this first blog I just wanted to share some recent changes/additions to my workbench.

I’m in between projects at the moment, so decided to add a little gadget to the bench that I’ve wanted to do for a long time – a flip-up bench stop ala Frank Klausz:

I’ve also started to post some more Youtube videos, so feel free to take a look at the quick build:

https://youtu.be/eszqs3Iiwgw

I first saw this little stop in The Workbench Book by Scott Landis on Klausz’s bench and saw it in action during a couple of Klausz’s DVDs.

It’s quite useful – just flip it up when you need it and flip it back down again when it’s not in use so it doesn’t get in the way.

The only difference between using this and a bench hook, is you have to be a little careful at the end of the cut so the last bit of the piece doesn’t split. So far it hasn’t been an issue.

I lined it up with a dog hole, so when working long pieces I have another point to rest the work piece against. For shorter pieces I can mostly just hold them, but if I need a little more holding power I’ll just clamp a quick fence down with a holdfast.

The other bench maintenance I did this past week was I flattened my bench top. It’s been probably 4 years since I’ve done this, so it was about time. It really spruced-up the top – got rid of most of the old finish spills and glue bits. It looked so good in fact, that I thought it was perhaps a good time to finally try out some finish on the bench!

Now I know that finish for a bench top can be a bit of a polarizing topic, but I don’t have enough experience to make any sort of opinion, so I’m choosing to be blissful in my ignorance!
Picture 2 – bench top

This bench was bare for 4-5 years and it worked out just fine for me and I expect that with finish it’ll work out just fine for me as well. I chose a low gloss Formby’s Tung Oil and added 3-4 coats.

After I took these pictures I actually cut down the gloss a bit with some steel wool as it was just a bit shiny for my tastes. I’ve used it a few times this week since applying and have no complaints so far. I half expected the lower friction to make work holding more difficult, but I haven’t really noticed any difference. It is easier to sweep clean however – so that’s a plus!

Hope you enjoyed my first little blog entry and thanks for looking!

Cheers,
Tim

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/TheWirelessWoodworker



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Buck_Thorne

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#1 posted 05-16-2020 04:47 AM

I like the idea of the flip-down bench stop, although I think I may make a pair of them for wider boards. But I’m a bit concerned about the holding power of those screws in the end grain. What did you use for screw length?

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WirelessWoodworker

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#2 posted 05-17-2020 01:36 AM

Hey Buck,

I haven’t had any issues with the screws holding, although I was initially a little hesitant about it too. The screws I used were about 1-1/2” and the stop is only 1/4” thick, so there is a good inch in the bench.

I use it mainly as a bench hook when crosscutting, so most of the force is perpendicular to the shaft of the screw, which I think helps with it not pulling out. If I was using it as maybe a planing stop, planing off the end of the bench parallel to the shaft of the screw, then it may present more of a problem.

I’ll be sure to report back if I run into any issues, but so far so good!

Cheers,
Tim


I like the idea of the flip-down bench stop, although I think I may make a pair of them for wider boards. But I m a bit concerned about the holding power of those screws in the end grain. What did you use for screw length?

- Buck_Thorne


-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com and YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/TheWirelessWoodworker

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