|Review by mafe||posted 09-06-2011 07:35 PM||3272 views||1 time favorited||58 comments|
I have asked LJ to remove this review, but due to a number of personal mails with requests from my fellow LJ’s, I re post it here, I think you are all right at the end ‘we may not let us control by the few.
The workbench book
A craftsman’s guide to workbenches for every type of woodworking.
by: Scott Landis
A craftsman’s guide to workbenches for every type of woodworking. This part of the title is where this books really stands out. It is not just a how to build a fancy workbench and where to buy the hardware book, it is a real workbench book.
What do I mean by this?
I mean that where Schwarz The workbench design book (wonder how he came up with that title…) is a wonderful book on how to build different types of workbenches for the hobby woodworker, then this book is a book written for the craftsman.
Because it is a historical and craft documented book, it goes into the heart of the workbench, it tells you not what to do, but the different possibilities that you can chooses from and this even with in different trades, nationalities and ways of thinking – but it don’t hold your hand in the building of the bench, it is for you to take a choice and for you to design your own bench after your needs after reading the book.
Yes I know I like that word, but this book is just that – wonderful. It is intelligent and it is one of those books that will become a classic in one hundred years also since it relates to the trades and not the producers that will be gone in ten to twenty years from now.
This book covers:
Different types of workbenches, Japanese, my favorite the Shaker bench, the Scandinavian types and many more, also the ‘Roubo’ type (I do not like that name, it should be called the old French type since he documented the bench and not invented it). All of them fine covered and with the different craftsmen and their experiences with the benches behind.
Also shaving horses, saw benches, carvers benches and holds and even the Workmate.
If you are thinking of building a workbench and would like to give it a personal touch relating to your own ideas this book is the book, combined with Schwarz’s book you can’t go wrong.
So I give this book five stars, as a book talking to your brain it is far more interesting than Schwarz book, but as a build along manual it is not at the same level.
I love it, and I really have the build a workbench fever now, thank you for opening my eyes my fellow LJ’s.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.