I am working on using the church pew seat to make a bench for our dining room and I have added ends under the seat. The back of the seat is slightly off square and so I needed to hold the work piece firmly while I trimmed 5 degrees off the ends. I decided to add the ends to give me something more to attach the legs to when I finish the bench. Traditionally the pew would have had an end on it that was both leg and sides.
My bench is going to have open ends and lighter style legs. Hence the adjustments that need to be made as the work goes along.
|one end is in the vise,|
|this end is clamped using a bit of inspiration,|
By protecting the bits they will stay sharper longer. I want them to last until I run out of dowels. I bought a shoe box full of mixed dowels on a "clear out" a few years ago and find them useful for certain types of assembly.