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After a comment on my bench about a bench off, I thought its a great idea. There all the threads about planes, braces, powertools of your dreams, etc. How about it on benches.
Pic of your bench or one you are going to buy or build and Why its best. The topic should provide some info for the woodworking getting ready to build or buy as well as give us a place to gloat.
Plus even though I'm not building another bench, I still love looking at others.

I haven't been on in a while but I just seen a pm when i got on today. It appears the tag "smackdown" is being added to the benches shown here, so you can click here and see em all.
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You know, I think the planing stop looks cool but for it to be truly fuctional the way it was meant to be, it needs to have saw teeth on it to grip the work. I think in the age of end vises its not really needed. But I still think it would be usefull if you had a jig for planing thin pieces that clamped in your vise, one of those could use the support of a planing stop. But then again if you make it a little extra long you could just back it up with a hold fast.
Actually after seeing this picture I think I will leave it out.
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This is what I was thinking originally.
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Gave my "new" work bench a workout, yesterday. I was actually planning wood on it! I had some boards to get jointed for a top glue-up. A few swipes with the KK7, and into the clamps it went. Had four legs that needed tapers on two sides. Bandsawed the waste, leaving most of the lines. Clamped up in the leg vise, tapers were cleaned smooth with the #6s, and a final pass with the Parts Plane #4. Top came out of the clamps, and right onto the bench. Clamped it down with two clamps into the aprons. Flattened both faces of the top. Got a little "TV Table" put together for the GrandBRATS to watch some toons on. nothing fancy, might last longer than the TV…
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KK7??? yep, got some new handles made for it, as well. Then put the new handles to work..
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Mauricio, I've got that exact same thing on my tiny little bench. It's really thin and spans two dogholes.
I have two planing stops on my bench and use them far more than I thought. I also have a back row of dog holes so between the stops and a couple of dogs I can lock in a piece of wood diagonally. It's really quick. The planing stop can be about 2" up or just a fraction of an inch. They adjust with a home made knob. I like them because they are there ready to use and take no time to adjust. Just my experience so far.
Hmmm, ok the stops are back on the drawing board.

Jim, I see you have two of them, do you use the two or would 1 suffice?
The holdfast layout looks good thoug I doubt you would use the one in the left leg. If I pu one in the left leg I would put it about 22" from the top in line with another on the other leg…that way I could work the edge of doors at a comfortable height by removing the vise.

Regarding stops…I know most people will cringe, but when I am planing severl parts to size a couple of finish nails in the right places on your bench and make your life SO easy. Most recently while traversing the 43"x24" panels from my tool chest, the force from taking heavy shavings was ripping my work out of my tailvise, Two nails poking 16th up at the back of the workpiece stopped the ********************fting (and the cursing). If I want to be a bit more sophisticated, I can secure the stops with holdfasts, dogs, the vise and of course clamps.

There are many ways to get it done, as long as your work stays put and the set up can be done quickly life is grand.
Good point about the holfast on the left leg, I may leave that off for now and see how it goes.
Holdfast in the left leg? Isn't that where your leg vise is going?
Yeah, I've seen a lot of Roubo's with one there for use when the leg vise is removed. The dude in Landis' book uses it to clamp a batten, that in conjunction with a Crochet (which I'm havent planned on) makes for quick edge jointing.

Thanks all for letting me think out loud here and iron out the details.
Here is what I'm thinking with the deadman:
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I know a lot of plans call for a 2" dedman but I'm not really seeing the advantage in it. At about 1" I can use one of those #203 clamps like Smitty has if I wanted to.


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BENCHCRAFTED is taking orders again as of about 2 hrs ago. Ordered my parts :)
As you guys know, I struggle with rust in my shop and the BC hand wheels are no exception. I guess I have caustic skin oils and I live in a humid area AND my shop is not air conditioned.

BC also posted a video on cold bluing the wheels to prevent oxidation. I thought about the flax oil method but it did not appeal to me for some reason.

However, I don't mind the bluing and I love the rust prevention. Next stop….the gun shop.

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I was looking at the Flax seed oil treatment
Gunsmiths and woodworkers unite. Bad Axe is another good example of that.
Mauricio.. Mostly use one stop but if the board is say 8" I'll use two. They are very convenient.
Scott, the rust is probably due to you being so damn salty. The blueing will look cool.

Thanks Jim, I think the stop is back in.
The only salt coming out of my pores are lithum salts.

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" I hate being biploar. It's awesome."

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