Workbenches

Workbenches

From Design and Theory to Construction and Use

Book - 2008
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Perseus Publishing

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.



F+W Publishing

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.



Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Popular Woodworking Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781558708402
1558708405
Branch Call Number: 684.1 S398w
Characteristics: 144 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm

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js_rom
Mar 31, 2019

There are two editions of this book. The later version (2015) holds plans for two more benches: a knockdown English bench and a no-compromises French bench with all the crazy sliding-dovetail joinery. Plans to build these benches with construction lumber were (also) covered in the first 2007 edition.

In case you're curious about other differences, from the author:
https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/revising-first-book-workbenches/

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chadmagiera
Apr 01, 2016

This book contains detailed descriptions and history (and plans) for two popular styles of hand-tool workbenches that have been brought back to the mainstream in the past two decades, English-Style Workbench and French-Style Roubo. Its a helpful, straightforward view of the similarities and differences in construction, functionality, and work-holding between the two. If you like Chris Schwarz you'll like this book just fine.

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