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Are you talking about the side shelf that is an extension of the top face, or the side shelf that is a block at the bottom of the base?

Very generally, the first is used for scrolling and making acute-angle bends, and the second is used for upsetting the ends of bar stock.

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1 hour ago, jrmysell said:

On the top face. From what I have read, the block at the bottom is usually referred to as an upsetting block. Is that correct?

Typically yes, but people aren't always as careful with their terminology as they could be. Just making clear what we're talking about.

There's a really good thread (with videos!) about both the side shelf and the upsetting block HERE.

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