Tools panel

I have finally finished my first attempt at putting my essential tools on my tools panel. The goal is to make it really, really, really easy (no more excuses) to put the tools back right after use, so my rather small and narrow bench doesn’t end up cluttered with tools in minutes:


Whenever possible, I tried to reuse some scraps of wood, e.g. American cherry from the rocking chair project. For example I managed to put my Veritas medium shoulder with its miniature sibling:


Most of the fixtures are quick and dirty, but I still managed to make a few nice-ish one, e.g. to hold my Japanese saw in padauk:










and one for my Veritas wheel marking gauge:


And here is my first attempt at fixing my mallet, not nice but functional:










As I said, most of these fixtures are just quick first attempts, and time will (and is already) tell which ones need to be improved!

p.s. apologies for the quality of the pictures, I will try to remember to use a better camera next time!


A first picture of the first prototype of my workbench:


For obvious cost reasons it is entirely made of pine with the exception of the vice jaws which are made of maple. Base and side sections are hollow to reduce cost and create storage space. The bench is 150 cm long, 38 cm deep and 92 cm high. Top and bottom sections are 15 cm thick, sides are 14 cm thick.

This is my first attempt at getting some close to my 10 years old original model:

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Which consists of two sections separated by an optional tools well (David Charlesworth style). Ideally I would allow the two sections to be moved using four vice screws connected by a chain drive, potentially creating a massive bench wide vice, though the idea is to allow the bench to be adjusted to the current work.

If I could (time and money) I would obviously love to build one out of solid wood, ideally from Doussie (just like David Charlesworth’s bench top), though I would be happy to have one made from Iroko,

A bench made of solid wood would be nicely heavy, the volume of my prototype is close to a quarter of a cubic meter, which would translate to 160 kg of Iroko or nearly 200 kg of Doussie.

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