On the Level: New Workbench Book Teaches You How to Fish

By Christopher Schwarz
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From the November 2010 issue # 186
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Some people say I have a “workbench problem” because I’ve built so many of them. It’s more accurate to say instead that I have a “problem with workbenches.”

After teaching in schools all over the country, I found the benches to be almost universally bad. The students and I would struggle to perform even basic tasks on these tables with some metal bits – they didn’t deserve the title of “workbench.”

So after years of research and building benches, we published my first book: “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” (Popular Woodworking Books). That book sought to cure the world’s problems, with plans for two ancient benches (one French, one English), plus some rules on materials, bench dimensions and vises.


From the November 2010 issue # 186
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