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Re: Have a workbench?
Problem I have with the c'way ladder is that a workbench takes a lot of strain--hammering, planing, etc., and I don't want to accelerate a breakdown of the joints in the ladder.
My Alajuela has an unusual cabin layout. The head is just forward of the portside quarterberth. Where the galley is on most boats.
So I can hang one end on the head enclosure, and the other somewhere on the aft cabin bulkhead, above the quarterberth. I debate whether to use the ladder to support the bench, or build some sort of hanger beneath the bulkhead, on which to bang my head getting in and out of the quarterberth.
If all that makes any sense.
BTW, if you do carpentry, don't leave out a way to hold boards flat lengthwise on the bench for planing. And a sunken tool tray along the back edge of the bench would keep tools out of the way of the work. And make a bench hook from scraps--invaluable for cross-cutting or any time you don't really need a vise.
This thread is getting me psyched to build one over the winter.