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