The Workbench #2: The Plan

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Blog entry by Craig S. Cottingham posted 03-22-2009 06:46 AM 1024 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of months ago, I started obsessing about workbenches. I downloaded every workbench article I could find at Popular Woodworking . I scoured every back issue of every magazine I have. I borrowed a copy of Workbenches: From Design And Theory To Construction And Use by Christopher Schwarz from the public library, then bought a copy of my own once I realized I’d found the Holy Grail.

I’ll save most of my gushing for a proper review (that’s another post) and try to stick to the particulars here. There are detailed plans and instructions for building two different workbenches, but more importantly there’s a lot of description of various features of classic workbenches and what works for what kind of woodworking and why. Based on the kind of work I think I’d like to do (handcutting dovetails and using my great-grandfather’s handplanes, which are yet another post) I’d settled on a Roubo-style bench with a wagon vise in the end position… when I had revelation #2.

-- Craig S. Cottingham, Olathe, KS

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#1 posted 03-23-2009 04:54 AM

I’m looking forward to seeing your take on this. I’m also looking at building a nice bench sometime soon. I’ve been doing some of the preliminary work like you have… I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Let us know….

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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