It’s been a long time since I followed new products and gadgets in the non-traditional tool world, which is fine with me. Today there was an email from Woodcraft in my inbox announcing a special on a new product, something called the King Portable Work Station. Normally, I wouldn’t click, but the picture accompanying the email caught my eye; I noticed that it seemed to be a metal cousin of sorts to the bowl horse — sans seat. Although it probably developed more along the lines of a saw horse that incorporates a clamp.
The name is a little lackluster, but then I noticed in the related products section at the bottom of the page, that Rockwell had already taken the cool name of “The Jawhorse” with their version (that, I would guess, is pretty new to the market as well), but what do I know.
From what I was able to learn in a few minutes, it seems that you engage the clamp with the foot pedal, then lock it/release it with the switch in front. Would it be useful for bowls? Beats me, but I’ll admit I can see some possibilities for certain operations. I do know I’ll stick with my wooden bowl horse and bench; all that shiny metal scares me.