Workbench: A Complete Guide to Creating Your Perfect Bench

Overview

In this fresh and contemporary look at the world of workbenches, Lon Schleining takes us on a guided tour of a wide variety of classic, modern, and specialty benches and offers hundreds of options for choosing or building that perfect bench and its accessories. The Workbench looks at the classic subject with a focus on helping readers find the right bench and accessories for their needs. The object is to guide the reader through making critical choices, including whether to buy it or build it. Even long-time ...

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Overview

In this fresh and contemporary look at the world of workbenches, Lon Schleining takes us on a guided tour of a wide variety of classic, modern, and specialty benches and offers hundreds of options for choosing or building that perfect bench and its accessories. The Workbench looks at the classic subject with a focus on helping readers find the right bench and accessories for their needs. The object is to guide the reader through making critical choices, including whether to buy it or build it. Even long-time woodworkers dream of the perfect bench and the time to build it, and for them the real enjoyment is in the planning. With 279 color photos and additional illustrations, this book provides in-depth information along with the inspiration to fulfill workshop dreams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561585946
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/10/2004
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 587,015
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Lon Schleining teaches woodworking at Cerritos College and has been a professional stair builder for 20 years. He lives in Long Beach, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 2
Chapter 1 The Perfect Bench 4
What Kind of Woodworking Do You Do? 6
Locating the Bench 8
Bench Size 12
Weight 15
Height 17
A Comfortable Bench Area 20
Designing Your Bench 22
Chapter 2 Workbench Tops 24
Benchtop Dimensions 27
Top Configuration 28
Tool Trays 31
Materials for Tops 33
Keeping the Top Flat 40
Flattening a Benchtop 43
Fastening the Top to the Base 45
Finishing the Top 45
Chapter 3 A Solid Foundation 46
Base Configuration 48
Frame Bases 49
Base Joinery Options 50
Strengthening the Base 56
Legs Made from Metal 57
Enclosed Bases 58
Leveling the Bench 64
Electrical Power 65
Chapter 4 Getting a Grip 66
Locating Vises 68
Types of Vises 68
Screw Mechanisms 71
Manufactured Vises 74
Shop-Built Vises 82
Chapter 5 Holding Your Work 88
Bench Dogs 90
Stops 95
Holdfasts and Hold-Downs 97
Board Jacks 102
Bench Hooks 104
Fixtures and Auxillary Tables 105
Chapter 6 Bench in a Box 106
Bench Components 108
Manufactured Benches of the Past 112
Contemporary Bench Makers 114
Chapter 7 No-Frills Benches 124
Getting Down to Basics 126
Sam Maloof's Bench 128
Building the Bench 132
Niall Barrett's Bench 136
Building the Bench 140
Chapter 8 Tradition Meets the Twenty-First Century 142
English-Style Workbenches 144
Building the Bench 148
European Traditions 152
Building the Bench 156
The Best of Old and New 158
Building the Bench 162
Shaker with a Twist 166
Chapter 9 Innovative Workbenches 168
A Different Kind of Benchtop 170
The Torsion Box 173
Storing Large Worktables 176
Thinking Outside the Box 180
Chapter 10 Benches for Special Tasks 182
Assembly and Finishing 184
Portable Workbenches 186
Benches for Working on Irregular Parts 188
Other Woodworking Specialties 190
Dedicated Task Benches 192
Resources 196
Index 200
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