Workbenches: From Design And Theory To Construction And Use

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Two Centuries of Workbench Wisdom in One Book!

With this book, your very first workbench will do everything you need it to do—possibly for the rest of your woodworking career!

Encompassing years of historical research and real-world trials, Christopher Schwarz boils down centuries of the history and engineering of workbenches into basic ...

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Overview

Two Centuries of Workbench Wisdom in One Book!

With this book, your very first workbench will do everything you need it to do—possibly for the rest of your woodworking career!

Encompassing years of historical research and real-world trials, Christopher Schwarz boils down centuries of the history and engineering of workbenches into basic ideas that all woodworkers can use.

  • Learn how to design your own world-class workbench
  • Learn the fundamental rules of good workbench design that have been largely forgotten
  • Learn how to build an inexpensive and practical bench that hasn't been in widespread use for over 100 years
  • Learn how to properly use any workbench
These old-school benches are simpler than modern benches, easier to build and perfect for both power and hand tools.

Beginning woodworkers can build either of these benches. The technical drawings are clear and show every detail. Using the step-by-step instructions, you will be amazed at how easily these workbenches can be constructed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558708402
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 11/7/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 194,223
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Schwarz is the editor of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine and is a long-time amateur furniture-maker and hand-tool enthusiast. He began working with wood at age 8 when his family members built their first home on their farm outside Hackett, Ark., using hand tools because there was no electricity. After studying journalism at Northwestern University and The Ohio State University, Chris became a newspaper reporter but studied furniture-making at night at the University of Kentucky and joined the staff of Popular Woodworking in 1996. In addition to his duties at Popular Woodworking, Chris writes about hand tools for The Fine Tool Journal and has four DVDs on traditional hand tool use produced and sold by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. He teaches handwork at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and Kelly Mehler's School of Woodworking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Excellent overview on workbench technology.

    This is an excellent book on building classic workbenches. However don't by for a NOOK!! Even enlarged the photos are hard to see detail and the print on the drawings is impossible to read without further magnification. Also in several places the text is out of order so it can be confusing. Buy this book if you are interested in building a classic workbench, but buy it as a real book, not a NOOk.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

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    THE Book for Anyone Wanting to Build a Workbench

    Christopher Schwarz has built plenty of workbenches in his lifetime. As a woodworker who uses both hand tools and power tools, he knows what each approach needs in the way of a workbench. Through his trial and error efforts, he has conducted plenty of research. This book is the culmination of that research.<BR/><BR/>If you are considering building a workbench for woodworking, it's in your best interest to read this book and learn from it. Schwarz presents the pros and cons of various workholding methods, reasons why so many benches fail to fulfill their intended roles, and even plans for two benches that he had built and that worked pretty well.<BR/><BR/>This book is a must. Woodworkers typically agree on very little as a whole, yet the vast majority agree that this book is a must for every woodworking library!

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