Benchtop on Dining Table

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Project by siavosh posted 02-16-2014 05:40 AM 1933 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Last thanksgiving, I drove up a big piece of off-cut, laminated countertop that was laying around in my dad’s garage after a remodel. He had suggested I use it as a worktop for my new hobby. Given I live in a 3rd floor apartment in San Francisco, I wasn’t sure how I’d incorporate it into my woodworking. So it’s been resting on its side for the past four months in our bedroom while I let my unconscious mull its purpose.

After starting another project, I noticed how un-flat our dining table was—which was serving as my planing bench. This was leading to all sorts of frustration while I tried to plane my boards flat. This plus raming my jack plane into my metal clamp-planing stops a couple tops, led me to finally repurpose the counter top into a large 2-sided “bench-hook” with removable wooden planing stops. I’m also looking forward to using this top “in reverse” as-is when my first Japanese plane arrives in the mail.

I believe the countertop is maple, the planing stops are strips of cherry with poplar dowels.

Hoping this will serve me well for the time being until I get space for a real bench.

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 11:54 AM

It’s amazing how, if you want to have a “workshop”, you can make it happen just about anywhere! Good idea. Each step has rewards. Look forward to seeing what comes from the new bench.

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