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The Blum Tool Company’s Bench Horse™ “original” is an 18″ × 48″ portable workbench designed for easy setup (“…less than 15 seconds!”). Weighing in at 55 pounds, this workbench can be used as a jobsite bench or a storable main bench in your small shop.

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As noted in the Make blog, Mark Tilden (of BEAM* robotics fame) has a workshop 600 feet up in a Hong Kong high-rise. The work bench’s surface is ½” thick smoked glass to which solder and superglue do not stick. The view out the window is of Kowloon Park and the Hong Kong skyline. Not a bad place to sit while you’re building your next widget, unless Hong Kong’s seismic activity picks up.

*Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics; a type of robotics using simple analog circuits, instead of microprocessors, to mimic biological neurons.

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Veritas’ new Bench Blades use a cam that can apply up to 300 lbs of clamping force to keep your latest project from moving around the bench. Fitting into most 3/4″ dog holes, these modified bench dogs only extend 1/4″ above the bench surface so they won’t get in the way of your tools.

The cam lever and the sliding jaw are both made from cast steel and are heat treated. The lever moves the sliding jaw up to 1/4″, and the jaw face is cast so that the upper edge contacts the workpiece before the lower edge to help prevent the workpiece from lifting off the bench.

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