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Steve Latta style Miniature Bench

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Project by whope posted 10-09-2021 07:46 PM 840 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m taking an inlay class in the next few weeks and it was recommended that you bring a mini-bench as the class will be held in a middles-school woodshop. The Steve Latta design was mentioned (Fine Woodworking #244, Tools & Shops, Winter 2015), so I decided to check it out.

It was a pretty fast build. I used Ash for most of the bench. Some African mahogany for the vise jaw pads and pivot pads in the vise. The center part of the legs was some cheap, big-box maply plywood I had laying around.

The dog holes are 20 mm on 4” centers.

The vice I’m using is a quick-release Yost M7WW, available on Amazon for $70.

For the finish, I used a coat of Varathane’s Triple Thick ploy in semi-gloss.

It’s pretty heavy, especially on the vise end. I’ll take my hand-cart to transport it to the class.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-09-2021 10:46 PM

Great miniature bench. How high is it? Is it make like that to sit on a table at class?

Cheer,Jim

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

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swirt

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#2 posted 10-10-2021 01:43 AM

That looks very useful. I have a bulloxon that I often use in similar fashion to get things higher so I can see to work on it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 10-10-2021 10:29 AM

Very cool bench.

-- Petey

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whope

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#4 posted 10-10-2021 11:30 AM

It’s 12” tall, 42” long and 9-1/2 in width. It clamps to the main workbench. Now that I have it, I can definitely see using it on my bench at home.


Great miniature bench. How high is it? Is it make like that to sit on a table at class?

Cheer,Jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with a Hammer.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 10-10-2021 11:58 AM

I have had occasions for a higher table, too. ...........cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 10-26-2021 01:26 AM

Love the inlay and the project, thank you for sharing your awesome project with us today from Henrico County Virginia

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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