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The New Workbench Journey #2: Design Ideas

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Blog entry by DrJosh posted 07-17-2010 04:27 AM 3798 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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As I read all the workbench design and construction information that I can get my hands on, I find myself gravitating toward the old English joiners style of work bench. Simplicity seems to be the main idea with these benches. All of my woodworking to date has been powertool woodworking, but I am trying to get into some handtool woodworking. To that end, I think that I will design an English (Nicholson) style bench with wide front and rear aprons, but not quite as wide as what is typically found in the historical examples. Christopher Schwarz’s modern recreation of the Nicholson style workbench has been quite inspiring (http://blogs.popularwoodworking.com/editorsblog/Download+Free+Plans+For+The+Englishstyle+Workbench.aspx) as well as the hirstorical pics I’ve found online.
!As I read all the workbench design and construction information that I can get my hands on, I find myself gravitating toward the old English joiners style of work bench. Simplicity seems to be the main idea with these benches. All of my woodworking to date has been powertool woodworking, but I am trying to get into some handtool woodworking. To that end, I think that I will design an English (Nicholson) style bench with wide front and rear aprons, but not quite as wide as what is typically found in the historical examples. Christopher Schwarz’s modern recreation of the Nicholson style workbench has been quite inspiring (http://blogs.popularwoodworking.com/editorsblog/Download+Free+Plans+For+The+Englishstyle+Workbench.aspx) as well as the hirstorical pics I’ve found online.
English Joiners Bench
Nicholson Plate
Hopefully I’ve have a basic sketch or sketchup drawing of my bench completed very soon.
The workbench journey continues…..

-- Josh....in Nashville, TN



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#1 posted 07-17-2010 10:41 AM

sounds like you have a plan
I´m looking forward to see the finished bench
good luck

Dennis

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