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  • Oakenarm
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    Check out this link on popular woodworking for “Bench Bulls“. This is a very simple (made mine out of scrap 2×8) appliance with a TON of versatility. I use mine with a bench because it raises the work height for cutting dovetails and such. This can be clamped to pretty much any table top and could be customized to suit your need.

     

  • Oakenarm
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    in reply to: Marking knife #2028653

    James,

    My daughter bought me a pair (3/4 and 1/4 inch) of Hock Japanese style marking knives. I have been really happy with them so far. The 1/4″ one is really handy when marking interior cuts in tight spaces.

  • Oakenarm
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    Mike,

    Kind of depends on the type of work/projects you will be doing I think. My very first bench build was actually a saw bench I made from watching Stumpy Nubs’ Old Timey Woodworking Youtube channel.

    http://www.stumpynubs.com/otw3.html

    It very solid and compact. I use it to chop on because I can actually sit down and work. Drilled some dog holes to used holdfasts and Bazinga a small work bench. Plus it could double as extra seating. You could even make two of them and lay planks across to expand the work area.

    Just my $0.0002 for what it is worth.

  • Oakenarm
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    James,

    My Dog Holes are all 3/4″ to accommodate the Gramercy Holdfasts I purchased.

    BTW, if you don’t  have some these holdfasts are awesome! I glued some leather to the face and can use them without leaving any marks even in soft wood.

    https://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/item/MS-HOLDFAST.XX

  • Oakenarm
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    Possible alternative tops

    2 alternatives to making your own bench top are:

    Ikea (ya I know bad four letter word!) sells laminated wood counter tops in various lengths. You even get an 8 footer cut it down to two four foot planks. The bottom one could then be cut into three sections forming the dados to sit over your saw horses like James mentioned.

    Another way is to look locally for what is call Ganglam. These are BIG architectural laminated beams used to span large rooms. Many times construction companies have off cuts left over you can pickup/purchase.

    Good Luck!

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