I always encourage people to make their workbenches longer. But in the case of David Brookshaw, I’m just dead wrong on that point.
Brookshaw of Gloucester, England, makes 1/12-scale miniatures of tools and workshop equipment. Have you ever seen the book “Tools Rare and Ingenious” (Taunton Press)? Those are his tools on the dust jacket.
Right now, Brookshaw is building a fully equipped Gentleman’s Victorian Workshop, which will be on display at The Kensington Dollshouse Festival on May 15 to 17. He sent us some of the photos of the pieces he’s building, and they are extraordinary.
For starters, he built a scale model of the Roubo-style workbench we have in our shop. Brookshaw’s version is 6″ long and is made from boxwood, which takes fine detail. The vise screw, which features a 1/8″-diameter shaft, is fully functional.
Even the holdfasts work. Brookshaw says a hammer blow will shatter them, but thumb pressure alone makes them work.
You can visit Brookshaw’s web site at davidbrookshaw.com to see more photos of his work, including a complete tool chest, a 17th-century Italian brace and two recreations of famous handplanes.
Brookshaw promised to send more photos of his progress in building the shop as it progresses.
– Christopher Schwarz
Brookshaw’s fully functional drill press.
The wheel lathe for the workshop. Note the turning tools laid out on the folding rule.
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