Hand Tools Archive 2007
>That is my traveling bench. I take it to Historic sites and have lots o fun making shavings. I guess that it is a cross between an Nicholson Bench and a Rhombo Bench.
Basically I made two bents to make the front and the back of a trestle. Then I joined it front to back with a short rail that is held in place by I think that they are called tusk tenons. On the legs of the trestle that face me I made dovetails and mated a 2x8 white oak board. I put holes in it and a crochet type thing at the front corner, with the idea that I could use it to do edge work. I haven't figured out how to use it yet.
The top is a single board of 6/4 SYP that is 24" x 6' (the length of my truck bed). I put a couple of taped holes in the left end of the top and I have a couple of threaded dowels that I screw in there to act as my stop.
Other than the crotchet business I really like this bench. It works much better than my German styled bench. I thought that weight would be an issue, but it hasn't been.
I hope to one day put on a leg vise, but I don't know how well that would travel.
I hope that answers your question.