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do some diving on some old wooden wrecks and build one of these LOL
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do some diving on some old wooden wrecks and build one of these LOL
Nice!

I would have to raise an "old wooden wreck" to have the room for it! I could make room in my shop?

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Re: Have a workbench?

Downeast 450,
I think many miss the fact you are on a 28 foot boat, and one of the prettiest examples out there to boot. Have you looked at that compression post as a place to clamp on a work bench? A bolt on wooden clamp would not mar the surface and could spread the clamping force over a large area to avoid denting, etc. You could spread a drop cloth over the settee and sole and have easy access to whatever you are working on. If I remember correctly, the bottom of the compression post is just about the height you would want a work bench.
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John, Yup! I think that is true. Ain't a whole lot of room on this boat. The sides of the hull continuously flair which reduces both wetted surface and interior volume. It does look good and sails very nicely. Thanks, Bob.

Your idea about using the compression post is a good one. I have done just that with large wooden hand screw clamps. A couple of those are a must have anyway. A few marks? Perhaps. It is doing a job on the boat.

The top companionway step is one of my favorite inside work benches. The sides of the companionway lend themselves to supporting various clamp configurations. Using a couple of protective blocks they are a good place to mount a clamp-on vise. That spot does interfere with traffic and access to the front of the A-4. I like to have a work surface I can sit at, too.

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I would have to raise an "old wooden wreck" to have the room for it! I could make room in my shop?

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So heavy .. call it a "ballast bench" LOL

I'm Slooowly building one

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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.
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