15394Re: Portable Workbench
- Nov 6, 2012Which episode was that for the sawhorse?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Sean Powell <sean14powell@...> wrote:
> I've been re-watching a lot of Roy Undilhils Woodwrights shop lately.
> Recently there was a re-run with a guest carpenter and they were using an
> low English saw-horse. It was knee-cap high so you could comfortably kneel
> on it when cross-cutting and sit when ripping. It also had a swallow-tail
> extension to support boards while cutting with a small frame saw or
> similar. I think if I were to do a medieval portable workbench I would
> build a basic trestle-bench of that height with a pair (or more) of holes
> that could mount a back or a few hold-downs.
> Alternately you could build a non-colapseable tool-box to do the same job
> or build both to the same height for working long boards.
> I wouldn't use anything particularly expensive for the top as I would
> expect it to get chewed up by saws and chisels over time.
> If I wanted a stand-up workbench I'd probably go with a 3-legged saw-horse
> trestle with an oversized top and the lower trestle near ground level so it
> could be stood on or sand-bagged for stability.
> Just some thoughs,
> Sean Powell
> On Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM, Dave Ordway <dabugler@...> wrote:
> > **
> > **
> > Greetings,
> > I've been kicking around the idea of making a woodworking bench that is
> > collapsible or disassembles to bring to demos and faires. I'd like it to
> > resemble something period but be as functional as a folding Workmate. It
> > will mainly be used as a clamping table for sawing, chiseling, and
> > planing. I have some ideas but thought I would throw it out to the group
> > to see if anyone has any ideas or experiences. Material wise; it would
> > have to be stable and sturdy but hopefully not weigh a hundred pounds (for
> > example Oak). Any thoughts?
> > Lagerstein
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