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Subject:
High benches and low benches

Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
David, the talk of high- and low benches is as much a fallacy and the belief that many woodworkers have that they push with their shoulders (when they actually need to learn to use their hips).

What I see occurring, both in videos and observing myself and others, is that one adapts to the bench. What you see as a low bench (my bench is 32" high and I am about 5'10") becomes a high bench when we plane.

To use your hips, and push with the forearm parallel to the bench top, on a low bench, you must bend your knees and drop your height ....

This is taken from my review of the Veritas Custom Planes ....

"by squatting low, the effective height of the bench is being raised. What I discovered I was doing was simply compensating for the lowered bench, dropping down lower and pushing the plane forward … as if I was working at a higher bench and standing more upright. This meant that the “advantage” of a forward leaning Bailey handle was lost."

"In the sequence below note that the hem has dropped below the skirt of the bench (about 5”), and it does not move in height as I shift my weight forward. The hips are the source of the forward drive and transfer force into the lowered forearms."

At rest ...

Look how low I drop when planing ...

Reference: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolReviews/VeritasCustomPlanes3.html

The point is, all benches end up being higher than one believes. This changes the way we view we use planes.

Regards from Perth

Derek

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