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The Workbench Design Book

By Christopher Schwarz

Format: Hardcover

SKU# Y1532

How many times have you heard this: "The workbench is the most important tool in your shop." While the statement is absolutely true, it doesn't help you answer the more important question: Which workbench should build? This book explores that problem with a depth and detail you won't find in any other source in print or online. Here's what's inside:

  • Centuries of workbench history that has been boiled down so you can easily separate the enduring bench designs from the bad ones.
  • Nine complete plans for shop-tested workbenches that you can build – plus real-world critiques of these benches that point out the types of work at which they excel.
  • A chapter with makeovers of 10 bench designs with 'Before and After' illustrations.
  • The latest information on vises and other workholding devices, plus plans for simple shop appliances that improve any bench.
  • Real-world advice on the best woods to use, the correct dimensions for benches and how to make your bench knockdown or mobile.
  • No matter what sort of woodworking you do, inside this book you'll find the tools, detailed information and inspiration to build the right bench for your workshop, your budget, and your projects.

    SKU Y1532
    Additional Feature 150 b&w illus
    Author/Speaker/Editor Christopher Schwarz
    File/Trim Size 10.875 x 8.5
    Format Hardcover
    ISBN 13 9781440310409
    Number Of Pages 256

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    Informative, well written, but printed in tiny hard to read print Review by Paul

    Material is well written, knowledgeable and full of great illustrations. Unfortunately, the publishers chose to to print in text size of newsprint and less dense. It makes a delightful book frustrating and hard to read. I have both of his Workbench books and they are both excellent books printed poorly. Too bad

    (Posted on 3/3/2014)

    Excellent book - loved it Review by Bob Groh

    Got this book a month or so ago and absolutely love it. Have read it several times as I 'evolve' my plans for 'my' new work bench.

    The book is more than simply a book outlining one workbench construction project - it covers the fundamentals of what a wood working bench is and what it needs to be and then proceeds to present several (10?) designs by both the author and others. Each design is then critiqued by the author and/or the builder - what worked, what didn't work and what could be done better.

    There are chapters on accessories - vises, bench dogs, etc. Sources are provided for many of the parts and pieces being used. And it goes on and on.

    Again my bottom line: if you like woodworking and/or like the idea of having a really, really nice workbench - buy a copy of this book. You'll get a lot out of it.

    (Posted on 10/20/2012)

    Excellent Reading - and Practical Review by Steve Barnhart

    This book is well written and illustrated, enjoyable to read and very informative. The inclusion of many bench designs and critiques are useful for one who has not had experience using different benches. Though Christopher Schwartz is responsible for the bulk of the content (and it's good!), you also get the perspective of other Popular Woodworking editors discussing their own designs.As an amateur woodworker, I'm motivated and now informed to build my first workbench. Thanks to the insight given in this book, I hope to avoid many pitfalls. I will likely start with the sawbench plans given at the end of the book - excellent bonus material for an entirely worthwhile read.

    (Posted on 11/21/2010)

    Another great book by Schwarz Review by Jason Dinger

    Having read Chris' first workbench book and countless articles / blogs he's written, I ordered this one as soon as it was available. Got it about a week ago, read through it once, and I'm now going back to rereading specific sections as I make upgrades to my current bench.Chris has a no-nonsense, straight forward writing style that not only equips the reader with the information, but also explains the hows and whys of specific techniques, wood species choices, project plans, etc.

    (Posted on 10/9/2010)

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