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From Design & Theory to Construction & Use

By Christopher Schwarz

Format: Hardcover

SKU# Z1981

Every workbench should allow the woodworker to easily work the edges, faces and ends of boards, however most benches built during the last 100 years fail on at least one of these tasks. Workbenches is the only book that shows the reader how to design and build a good workbench and most importantly, how to use it in their shop for all sorts of tasks. This book dives deep into the historical records of the 18th and 19th centuries and breathes new life into traditional designs that are simpler than modern benches, easier to build and perfect for both power and hand tools. Two venerable designs are provided as basic skeletons and the knowledge presented shows woodworkers how to design custom workbenches, perfect for their style and method of woodworking.

SKU Z1981
Additional Feature 150 b&w photos
Author/Speaker/Editor Christopher Schwarz
File/Trim Size 11 x 8.5
Format Hardcover
ISBN 13 9781558708402
Number Of Pages 144

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My favorite workbench book. Review by Warren

I'm new to the hobby, and I find myself drawn to a contemplative style of woodworking. I find myself unsure of what in particular I will be building, beyond the usual home accoutrements.

The Schwarz is incomparable when he holds forth on this subject which is so dear to his heart (bless him) that he's written two books on the subject. I think BOTH are essential reading for anyone interested in woodwork, but start with this book first because it's the one you need to read first.

Workbenches are tools. The workbench is itself the fundamental tool of woodwork, whether hand tool or electrified. The principles of the base and top construction is the heart of this book, but the content on work-holding accessories (planing stops, holdfasts, vises) is essential reading too.


(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Mr Review by Charles Frankenhoff

Superb book, everyone should own it. Its not flawless, but then nothing is. It is probably the best book related to woodworking I have read, and pretty much at the top of books for every field, not just woodworking.The one thing I don't understand after reading this is why anyone would build a bench that does not apply these principles. Yet they do. Its just weird

(Posted on 2/8/2010)

Thorough and well thought out Review by Phil

Chris asks the basic questions like what is a workbench for and therefore, how should it be made. He has done both the homework on how people have made workbenches and he has made the best parts of the designs to witness how they function. Excellent read and great information on building and using workbenches.

(Posted on 7/5/2009)

History and philosophy Review by Greg Unger

If you want the 'why reinvent the wheel' history, this could be for you. If you like to presume the way of thinking behind each design, Schwarz'z explanation is clear and instructive. I love it. If you are the follow the plans type, there are only two complete plans here. And you would be short changing yourself of the little gems underlying design principles of workbenches. But maybe that is just my philosophy...or my therapy!

(Posted on 5/12/2009)

Workbenches Review by Gary Kvasnicka

Well written.

(Posted on 5/11/2009)

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