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The workbench book
A craftsman’s guide to workbenches for every type of woodworking.
by: Scott Landis

ISBN-10: 1561582700
ISBN-13: 978-1561582709

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.

Why?
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.

Wonderful!
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.

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.




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#1 posted 1077 days ago

thanks for the review. I have this book too, and it provides a good history of various workbench forms. well written and worth checking out!

;-)

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#2 posted 1077 days ago

Thank you Aaron.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 1077 days ago

Thanks for the review. A real workbench is on my to-do list this winter.

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#4 posted 1077 days ago

Dude, you’re reading quite a bunch of books these days!

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#5 posted 1077 days ago

I’ll concur, one of the few workbenches book, and better than some. it does cover a lot in the book, and have some ideas and concepts that can be incorporated into bench designs. What I took from this book was adding a wagon vise to my workbench although I took the idea of my (sorry mads) ‘Roubo’ (might as well give him credit for documenting it) workbench from a different book.

This book is good and discusses many workbenches and their characteristics but what I felt was missing in this one though was more explanations on the ‘whys’ in reference to the design choices per workbench and the reasons for those design elements.

good book nonetheless.

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#6 posted 1077 days ago

Thanks for not mentioning you-know-who…

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#7 posted 1076 days ago

Thanks for the review, Mafe. I have a bench on my to-do list and it looks like this is one that I should be reading before getting started.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 1076 days ago

Mads,
Thanks again for the review….. As I told you in the first go-round, I think it is an excellent book for the folks that are looking to build a bench, like Scott Bryan, to have on hand, and it’s good reading, too. I’ve had mine a long time, and still enjoy it….I took Ian Kirby’s design some years ago, and built his bench (not just like it), but the instructions were very helpful….Plus… I like looking at the pixs….:)

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#9 posted 1076 days ago

Thanks Mads. Would you be able to impart the ISBN? I am looking to build a bench in the near future and I need all the help I can get.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#10 posted 1076 days ago

http://www.amazon.com/Workbench-Book-Craftsmans-Workbenches-Woodworking/dp/1561582700/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315620821&sr=8-1

ISBN-10: 1561582700
ISBN-13: 978-1561582709

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#11 posted 1076 days ago

Sweet. Thanks Wayne.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#12 posted 1076 days ago

Np.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 1069 days ago

Mads, thanks for the review. I want this book now. :)

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 424 days ago

I know this an old review, but I just got down to it so it’s new to me<g>. I think this is one of the better workbench books out there, but if you are really going to dig and obsess, you might as well get them all. They all have something to offer. The exception (brace yourself to be outraged) would be Chris Schwarz’s Workbench book. If you want to build his Roubo style bench, then that’s the only book you need. If you aren’t, then I don’t think it really offers you anything. Of course if you are going to spend years brooding over what bench to build, you might as well get his too, it is a good read.

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