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Workshop Appliances – Shop Bents

March 30, 2018

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“Working in a small woodshop can be a challenge when we’re forced to address storage issues, work space, an assembly area, sharpening station … the list goes on and on. I decided when I moved from my larger shop out East to my small space here in the city that a pair of ‘work horses’ or ‘bents’ as I’ve come to call them would be a welcome addition. Not having the luxury of an assembly area or second bench top surface, they serve as a sawhorse from time to time, but mostly address a need for storage space or bench extensions for the components of projects I’m working on here in this small urban space. The first time I noticed this style of work bench/horse came while reading The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov.”

Shop ‘Bents’

Step 1: Dimension all pieces to their appropriate size or as close as you can get. This is a great project to use up those offcuts.

Step 2: Measure the height or your workbench and saw bench, this will dictate the overall height of the top rail as well as the height of the middle rail.

Step 3: Chop the mortises in the feet and saw the tenons of the legs.

Step 4: Chop the through mortises for the middle rail and saw the tenons.

Step 5: Finish off but cutting the bridle point for the top piece.

If you’re looking for a more detailed walkthrough you can purchase a copy of:

Made By Hand: Furniture Projects From the Unplugged Woodshop

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