I have written about this several times as my work needs evolved and my back troubles ebb and flow. Most recently I have added Kreg Bench Clamps to my formidable array of Kreg clamps. The clamps were added to my small bench and now hold my "toy makers bench" in place when I work on smaller projects.
The other evening I was looking around in Youtube and found a series of videos showing "Japanese Planing" benches and another mini workbench from Fine Woodworking.
|Japanese Planing Bench Demo Video|
The planing bench is a slightly larger version of my toy makers bench and much more sturdy. My small bench does not provide the support needed for serious planing or working on material more than 4 or 5 inches long.
So, my next bench is going to be my version of the Japanese Planing bench. It will incorporate the style of clamps that I have, and be designed for western style planes. I plan to make the bench about 30 inches long and 7 or 8 wide and design it to clamp to my work bench top like the mini-workbench rather than sit on top of the bench like an authentic Japanese bench.
Lumber Jocks also has a blog that talks about the Planing Bench and includes a couple of videos that are worth watching just for their inspirational nature.
I am gathering materials together and hope to build my bench over the weekend.