The bench or shop where I made the project is surely a terrible candidate. How about a freshly lined gargage can or cardboard box, lying on it's side, with a stand inside? Obviously, I'm desperate! : )
BTW, my project is a 12" honing strop including a handle, in Hard Maple, and it's the first project off of my new workbench. It's a good learning opportunity and I would like it to make a good impression on my woodcarving friends (at least one of which I'm trying to "sell" on woodworking). Considering what the piece looks like now, about 3 hours after I cut it off of my bandsaw (with wavy cuts), I feel fortunate (or lucky) that it has come out as well as it did! That was the first time I used my bandsaw on a project too.
P.S. While I'm writing, please allow me to ask another question. Should any finish of any sort be applied to my newly made workbench (I'm reminded of Scotch-Guard that people apply to their furniture)? I'm tempted to just use it as-is, but my sister asked me to send her a picture after I painted it! Ha!
P.S.S Does anyone else think Tommy Mac (on his TV show) gets his fingers too close to his table saw blade? I don't even have a table saw and I wouldn't be as cavalier! : )