|Review by mafe||posted 08-20-2011 02:49 PM||2673 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
The Workbench Design Book
By: Christopher Schwartz
This book is really a landmark in workbench books for me.
The workbench design book is a book that takes you on a tour in workbenches; we get a little historical insight, some geographical insight and the chance to see what workbenches some of the top guides of the trade are using.
My personal favorite are with no doubt the 21st-century Workbench, this bench is so rock solid and well thought out, so rich on details of use and clamping options that it is not possible not to love.
Roubo’s bench are sexy and one day I might build one for that reason, but also it is a comic in the short form here, it seems more solid in the old really long versions that used to stand in the French workshops.
(I have seen quite a few in real life in France and after 100 years of use they are beautiful, and they are often sold and used as a bar or entrance furniture today in France.
Christopher Schwartz manage in this book to more or less answer all the questions, and not only this, he manage to build the different types of benches and this in a precise and well described series of photos and drawings. In other words you will be able to build the benches after reading this book and use the book as a helpful friend on your build.
After reading the book you will be able to take a decision of what bench you really want, you will spend your money on the right hardware and you might end up with a bench for life.
So if you are interested in workbenches, want to dream or are up to building one I have only one comment:
Buy the book!
(Yes I know I not always am this positive on Schwartz in my blogs lol).
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.