Bench slave, board Jack, dead man (post)

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Bench slave
board Jack, dead man.

From time to time we could all need a helper, but luckily the slavery is over, so we will go for a dead man… naaaaa that’s too morbid, well a board Jack then, somehow that must be the most political correct name these days, but I do like the sound of a bench slave, it’s kind of a mix between pirates and SM, laughs.

This post is from the blog:

1. The bench slave supporting a board.
2. Making the lap joint.
3. At my favorite spot.
4. It fits!.
5. Wedged in place.
6. Branding for the joy of it.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or just a support.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 04-09-2021 04:58 PM

That will surely come in handy!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-09-2021 05:52 PM

That sure is handy when working by your self in the shop. Nice design and build..Mads!!!!!!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-09-2021 06:13 PM

Very creative mess mafe…very good!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 04-09-2021 07:34 PM

A nice addition. Good work! :)

-- Tom

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#5 posted 04-09-2021 07:56 PM

Can’t help being distracted looking around your shop…

Hope you have better lighting than that lamp…

Coolest tools ever, that’s a real man cave….

Hope you never loose your inspiration or motivation, they feed many of us…

As always my best for you…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 04-09-2021 08:45 PM

I have a twin screw vise with about 50cm between the two screws, which works for most of the stuff I build, but when I build something larger, I’ll try to remember this helper. He looks like a handy sort!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 04-09-2021 09:22 PM

nice work and a very useful addition to your bench my friend.i gotta post a big pic of your bench in my shop it just says craftsman at work and inspires me to make always make my day.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 04-10-2021 12:45 AM

Clever idea Mafe. An extra set of hands that doesn’t talk much. I love to see a shop that looks like it’s used!

-- AJ

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#9 posted 04-10-2021 04:11 AM

The one thing I can say is help in the shop can be welcomed anytime. Super idea. A helper and he doesn’t tell you how to do things. I could use both sometimes.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 04-10-2021 05:02 AM

Love your bench, makes me feel better about mine:) I use a sliding dead man on my bench as a move-able support .

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 04-10-2021 05:42 AM

Neat idea… however, why has it taken you so long… or has old age just caught up as I could see a use for it in many a past years?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 04-10-2021 01:36 PM

Great work as always.

Am I correct that the top of the slave is flush with the face of the benchtop? Solves the ancient problem of the gap with the vice.

Nice idea – I think I’ll steal it.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 04-10-2021 04:08 PM

Good one Mafe. What type of plane it that?

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 04-11-2021 01:29 AM

A handy board rest indeed. Love the joinery on it and the sight of your shop.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 04-11-2021 07:43 PM

Hi there,
swirt, big smile, I honestly get happy each time I walk into the shop, so I can follow on that one.
James E McIntyre, Thanks. You can read more about the plane here: I did a wee writeup on my three babies.
balidoug, No I made the top of the slave flush with the underside of the benchtop, this so I can push it in under the bench and I will have more room on the work side. I had much doubt, since theoretically this can be a problem if I want to plane some long narrow boards, but I will put a space that one day, if it happens. Thank you for your kind words. Please do steal it, I stole the idea from the history books.
LittleBlackDuck, big smile thanks. The reason it took so long was that I made this version first and the rest was that I were lazy. Laughs.
Andre, laughs, is that a compliment? You can’t put a sliding dead man on a Scandinavian bench… well you could, but it would conflict with the bench dog holes.
doubleDD, I would like a woman with those skills… Laugh. Thank you.
AJ1104, yes a shop full of life is a shop full of heart. Thanks.
pottz, Thank you from my heart. If you should want that I can send you a good picture in high ress, let me know.
Dave Polaschek, It’s not every day here also, but when restoring windows, cabinet doors, doors and so on, it’s brilliant to have a helper like this. Thanks you.
mtnwild, laughs, yes even I get distracted some days when I look around, most of the time, I’m just there and enjoy the atmosphere. Lights; I have a LED also over the workbench, but light is really not my strong side, I love warm light, to emphasize a good and warm atmosphere, sometimes I bring spots to where I work, I would love in the future, to have a combination. Thank you so much for the kind words, I try to to keep the nose in the track, but at times I find it difficult to blog, just because I think people have seen it all and I just repeat my self… So it means a lot to get a comment like yours thank you. All my best for you.
Tom, thank you.
Ivan, laughs I’m a mess at times, agree. Big smile.
Jim Jakosh, thanks Jim, yes I have already used it a couple of times, it will be a dead friend. Cheers.
Lew, it will make me feel like a octopus, laughs. Thanks.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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