It may be troublesome to decide on the fitting top for a workbench. Whereas a taller bench is mostly simpler to work on, a shorter bench works higher for heavy hand-planing, permitting the consumer to convey extra of their weight to bear on the work. This straightforward planing platform offers you one of the best of each worlds. It goes alongside any workbench, hooking on the legs to supply a raised observe for prolonged planing classes. If you’re finished, it may be eliminated in seconds and leaned in a nook for storage. The three-in. top works properly for me and my 34-in.-high workbench, placing my 5-ft., 9-in. body at simply the fitting top to bear down on giant hand planes, and the 1/4-in.- thick cleats give me significantly extra traction than I get on my concrete flooring, particularly when it’s dusty. I make the platform from an 8-ft. size of two×8 framing lumber, which supplies a stiff strolling floor and permits the risers/leg hooks and cleats to be screwed onto it solidly. You need to be at liberty to measurement the peak, size, and width to go well with your self. In any case, you’ll have to adapt the leg hooks to fit your bench.
—ED CLER, Villa Grove, Unwell.
Illustrations by Dan Thornton
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