Every board has edges, faces and end grain. So every workbench should be able to easily work the edges, faces and ends of boards. But most benches built during the last 100 years will fail you on at least one of these tasks. This book dives deep into the historical records of the 18th and 19th centuries and breathes new life into traditional ...
Every board has edges, faces and end grain. So every workbench should be able to easily work the edges, faces and ends of boards. But most benches built during the last 100 years will fail you on at least one of these tasks. This book dives deep into the historical records of the 18th and 19th centuries and breathes new life into traditional designs that have lain dormant for decades and were utterly fantastic to use. These old-school benches are simpler than modern benches, easier to build and surprisingly perfect for both power and hand tools. Encompassing years of historical research and real-world trials, this book boils down centuries of the history and engineering of workbenches into simple ideas that all woodworkers can use. With this book, your very first workbench will do everything you need it to do for the rest of your career in the craft. This revised and expanded edition includes 64 pages of new information including a step-by-step build and measured drawings for an 18th-century French bench and a knockdown English bench, as well as recent advances in workholding
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Schwartz has his own opinions on what a bench should be, but he covers the bases on what it should DO. I especially liked that he emphasized the function of workbenches rather than which famous woodworker used this or that style.
Mar 18, 2010
A MUST HAVE SHOP BOOK
Whether you have years of woodworking experience or just starting out you need to read this book and definitely use many of the ideas Mr. Schwarz hands out. Fasinating look at the history behind the work we like and the tools invloved, all centered around the workbench . He writes in plain shop-talk English with the right amount of wit and humor to keep you interested and smiling. I can't wait for the sequel.
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