[Epub] Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use Con Christopher Schwarz – Vehikool.co.uk
My mistake was building first I looked at lots of bench designs and YouTube videos before building a sturdy bench that fit my small shop area It s typical 2x4 and plywood construction The actual work I ve done, the problems I run into with this bench The I read Popular Woodworking, the I liked Chris Schwarz talent as a writer and woodworker I d seen him on Roy Underhill s TV show, The Woodwright s Shop The 2 of them have good reputations, experience, horse sense, humor and likeability.This book is not a boring history or lecture Schwarz will keep you entertained while teaching you everything you don t know about workbenches I like his writing style and honest appraisals of products and techniques In fact, this book has convinced me to build a better bench even though mine is still useful What held me back was the cost of a maple hardwood top But I learned that construction grade southern yellow pine is cheap, yet harder and heavier than many hardwoods.You ll also learn about vises, planes, chisels, and other hand tools and jigs If you take pleasure in the process of working with wood using hand tools, you need a workbench that is your most important tool This book will show you how to make your own. 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 UseLearn How To Design Your Own World Class WorkbenchLearn The Fundamental Rules Of Good Workbench Design That Have Been Largely ForgottenLearn How To Build An Inexpensive And Practical Bench That Hasnt Been In Widespread Use For Over YearsLearn How To Properly Use Any WorkbenchIn This Revised And Updated Edition Youll Find Plans For Five Benches Two Sturdy English Benches And Two Variations On The French Roubo, As Well As A Portable Bench You Can Clamp To Any Solid Surface The Old School Benches In This Book Are Simpler Than Modern Benches, Easier To Build And Perfect For Both Power And Hand Tools Beginning Woodworkers Can Build Any 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 Anyone who knows anything about woodworking knows the name of Chris Schwarz This book was on my list for a while and after buying it, it lived up and surpassed all my expectations Can t say enough about this book I got into woodworking initially about two years ago and seriously this last year At the moment with the projects Im working on in my garage, Im taking the time to learn what works for me amd what I ll want in the workbench I eventually build This book will be my primary reference for when I start that project After its finished thats when I think I ll feel like I ve graduated in a sense and be able to think of myself as an actual woodworker If you re on the fence about buying this book, go ahead, jump down and make the purchase You ll be glad you did. Chris Schwarz does a good job of describing how much useful a simple yet solid woodworking bench is to any woodworker I was under the impression that the best benches had to include drawers and or a cabinet, but after having built the Roubo or French style bench, l get it A workbench is for working Having followed his suggestions as to how a woodworking bench could should function, I built the Roubo bench and have found a whole new level of enjoyment in woodworking If you ve never built your own woodworking bench, but want to, I recommend this book. If I could have only one book on work bench design, this would be it That is not to say I haven t got something out of other books, but this would be the best single book to have However, it also depends on what you are looking for in a workbench design book If you are looking for a book of 50 different detailed workbench plans to choose one to build, this book will fall short for you, because it is really a review of principles, then a few representative work benches in detail However, the book gives the reader the background to choose a workbench that will work for him or her, and improvise on design principles, modifying another design to better suit the reader s needs The author does sometimes assume that all the terms he uses are well known to the reader, and for me that was not the case Some of the illustrations explanations are a little hard to follow, as well, if you are not already familiar with the concept But overall, this is the single best book on workbench design that I own or have encountered.