|Review by mafe||posted 09-09-2011 08:59 PM||3074 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
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?
Where some books are written for the hobbyist, then this book is a book written for the craftsman but is just as usefull for the hobbist.
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.
So I give this book five stars, this book is talking to your brain.
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.