Accessories for new bench

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Project by SilverbackReef posted 02-22-2015 03:50 PM 2739 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made some accessories for the new bench:

- Tool rack along the back
- Planing stop
- Bench ponies
- Bench hook and outrigger
- Cordless work light
- Base for the machinists vise
- Sliding deadman

Photo 1:
Planing stop per Schwartz’s book. Had one with the old bench, loved it. The old one was pretty chewed up so I made a new one.

Photo 2:
Bench ponies. I’ve been wanting a set of these. Had some 3”x3”x3” blocks that I used for the same thing…I like these better. You can see the tool rack in the background.

Photo 3:
Bench hook and outrigger. If you look close, it’s really ugly. I made it from the tabletop of a curb find. Some awful maple glued up with the grain going every which way. Note the profile of the front cleat: it hangs on a french cleat on the cabinet at the end of the bench.

Photo 4:
Cordless detail light. A $1 old luxo-style lamp with broken electrics gave its life to have a $1 flashlight with rechargeable batteries attached to the end. I think I paid more for the batteries than for all the rest.

Photo 5:
Base plate for the machinists vise that has kicked around the floor of my garage for years. Holdfast it over one of the bench legs and it works great! Made a rack for it at the bottom of that cabinet at the end of the bench. It no longer lives on the floor!

Photo 6:
Sliding deadman. Kinda fiddly due to the way my bench base is constructed. Works OK but slide-n-peg would be better.

Obligatory photo of my old bench hook:

Hmm, gonna have to look and see if there’s a forum thread soliciting chewed-up bench hook photos. :-)

When making tools, jigs, accessories, etc., storage becomes a problem. Here’s a photo of where the planing stop and bench ponies live when not in use:

As always, thanks for looking and thanks to all the other posters for the inspiration and education.


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#1 posted 02-22-2015 04:28 PM

Thank you for sharing.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 04:29 PM

Great post. Good to see someone contemplating and building the complete repertoire of bench accessories. Or nearly so, anyway. As I finish up my own split Roubo, I find myself heading the same direction, aiming toward the full compliment of bench accessories. Way to go!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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