Woodworking in America 2008 #8: WIA: Part 1 of 3 - Forgotten Workbenches and Workholding

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Blog entry by Al Navas posted 12-04-2008 08:58 PM 1668 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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From my blog:

Over the years, Christopher Schwarz has built many benches – from the Roman style door-and-saw horse, to much-improved models based on old references. And he has published a book that has become a true library reference for many woodworkers: Workbenches, From Design & Theory to Construction & Use.

Now to Part 1: From my notes, a mix of some comments and facts from the presentation by Christopher Schwarz. I hope the following will get your interest in watching the video:

  • Target: How to build a bench at a reasonable cost – It must appeal to readers. Thus, the $175 bench.
  • Evolution of a simple bench, over time.
  • “Fights” with Joel Moskowitz in Joel’s apartment, while looking at his world-class woodworking library – Roubo found; Plate 11, the start of The Schwarz’s “conversion”.
  • Built the first Roubo for $300, including the crochet (pronounced “crow-shay”, not “croh-chett”…) and put it through its paces.
  • Some comments on the minuses of the European benches.
  • His research led Chris to ask himself “…what other early, cool benches might be buried in the literature?”

Next: Part 2 of the session on Forgotten Workbenches and Workholding.

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-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#1 posted 12-05-2008 08:52 PM

That’s some good stuff there Al. Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 12-06-2008 02:36 AM

Thanks, Betsy.

I still have quite a bit of video material from the Conference, which I will continue editing and posting. I am splitting the longer sessions into several parts, for easier reading and downloading.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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