“Workbenches” by Christopher Schwarz
Chris Schwarz has done it again…inspired me to build a new workbench that is better suited to the "blended" style of hand tool and power tool woodworking that I do these days.
My original bench has served me well, and will be passed on to my son, who needs to graduate from the very small bench that we made him when he was about 4 (he is 8 now). My son’s very small bench will be passed on to my daughter (now 4), who also loves to spend time in the shop.
My slave labor woodworking gang is growing. Plus, its more justification for me to build myself an honest-to-goodness woodworking bench.
This project started when I bought Chris Schwarz’s new book:
Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use
Click here to buy it from Lost Art Press (Chris’ own store) and Chris will send a signed copy of the book and a CD containing an electronic copy.
Don’t buy this book if you don’t want to build a new bench!!!! I guarantee that buying this book will force you to build a new bench, whether you want to or not. It is that well researched and written, but that is what I have come to expect from Chris.
Right now, I am looking to build a blend of the French Roubo bench and the Dominy bench at Winterthur. I am still working on my design.
I am likely to go with some sort of twin-screw front vise and a metal tail vice. I’m shooting for at least a 3.5" thick top. I also want a sliding deadman. Likely, I will not include a tool tray in the top, although I have been tempted to add one.