Hand Tools Archive
Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
Our club president Rick Foltz tries out the bench for the first time.
The club needed a portable work bench useful of a wide variety of demonstrations. A work bench patterned after a Moravian bench at MESDA seemed idea. A group of club volunteers set about to make one. Most had little woodworking experience. The project involved selecting lumber, planing it, and gluing up the top and legs. To assemble the legs, bridle, mortise and tenon and dovetail joinery was done, largely with hand tools. Tusk tenon joinery was done to secure the leg stretchers to the legs.
The bench disassembles into the two leg units, two stretchers and the top which sits on locating pins.
In this instance the use of hand tools was chosen so that I didn't need to worry about these novices injuring themselves on a power tool.
The bench is amazingly stable. If anyone needs a portable bench this bench would be a candidate. The bench in the picture is 42” long and 18” deep.