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For me a design is never done until the finish is on the piece, I’ve stared at the thing for a long time and I’ve turned my back on it.

Up until that moment, I’ll readily shift gears if need be. I’ll order new hardware, rebuild a drawer or change a moulding. So this morning I found myself in SketchUp tinkering with the design of the laminated veneer lumber (LVL) workbench we’re building in the shop right now.

First I tweaked the parallel guide for the leg vise. I added an ogee to one end of the guide and decided to attach the guide to the chop with a wedged through-tenon.

Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick wanted a sliding deadman on the bench, which is a great accessory for working on long edges of boards or assemblies. I have a couple common shapes that I use when I make deadmen, which some people call a “sliding board jack.”

But for Megan’s bench, I wanted to go with something even curvier.


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