Right! Having taken off the top of the legs it’s time to make the frame that sits around the bench and grasps the wood. I used some scraps of hardwood that a friend was getting rid of – oak and an unidentified redwood.
I modified the plans slightly so that the bottom rung of the frame extends out slightly – the plans show a dowel like peg – too complicated and potentially a weak point.
Next I make a hole inset 2 inches from the end in the foreground for the shorter eyebolt and add the plank on which the pieces of wood to be worked on rest.
I drilled a hole laterally through that plank and cut a notch so the eyelet can sit in it and fed a bolt through the hole in the plant and through the eyelet. The last thing is to drill a hole through the bench and the frame and hang it so it pivots. Et voila as they say in furren parts.
Resplendent in the evening sun – what should be a day’s work, even for a novice armed with no more than common sense and a few tools (a good selection of drill bits seems to be a priority). As my friend said; ‘have fun shaving your horse’.
Total cost less than five quid – for the bolts (and I may change the bolts). Rock and roll…