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Here is a platform that is used for holding a wood piece of any shape on the bench, in order to work on it, under any angle.
This platform was initially planned for wood carving, but it can be useful for many other activities, like planing, sanding, etc ...
This version was inspired by a commercial design that can be (with difficulty) found. I show here a way to make one yourself, and also the way I have personally chosen to hold it on the bench.
So it is a circular tray, which can rotate on the bench in order to work under any angle on the piece gripped on it.
The third stop is mobile, it is installed on a slide that travels along a radius of the circular tray.
The following picture shows the details of this slide. Here is how it is done :
The picture below shows the big crescent/croissant shape stop that is inserted in a hole of the bench. It will be used for breaking down and stopping the tray on the bench.
Here is an example of a grip. The tray is held between the crescent stop and the sliding stop of the vise.
One can imagine other ways to hold the tray on the bench, especially using a central screw that would go through a hole in the bench top and that would be tightened with a wing nut under the bench.
In my particular case, the underside of my bench has a drawer and thus I preferred the solution shown here.
Here, I'm gripping a violin plate for a scraping job.
And here is a little video presenting this platform (sorry it's in French only, but images are quite self explaining). You can see also my two handed gouge in action in it:
Eventually, these three pictures are showing a simple way to mill an hexagonal head on the metal lathe :
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