Plan for a bench for using a drawknife
Had absolutely no idea what to call it! Just a workbench for drawing. And "plan" isn't a very good word either, the proportions of this drawing could be greatly improved upon! Anyhoo, I saw this on the show "Victorian Farm", used by a basketmaker - I think he specifically used it with a drawknife to smooth the wood he used for the rim (Hazel IIRC) and I thought it looked like a great design - perhaps a bit OTT if you don't do a lot of drawing, but cool nonetheless.
The idea being, that the verticle beam is on a pivot (level with the worktop) and when the horizontal bar on the bottom is pushed with the foot, the corner of the block at the top (which sticks out to the side) holds the piece to be worked in place. Since the pressure is applied by your foot, it should be very quick and easy to move the piece around.
Additionally, since the beam is longer below the pivot (the end on which you're pushing) than above, the torque applied will be multiplied, so it shouldn't be difficult to apply enough pressure to hold the piece tightly. IMO it could be improved ergonomically by having a bend in the beam, towards the user, so that you don't have to stretch your leg too far out, and can therefore apply more pressure with less effort.
I'm not going to be building this in the near future but thought someone might be interested or find a use for it
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