Build a Moravian Portable Workbench, with Will Meyers

‘Building the Portable Moravian Workbench’ DVD

 In Shop Blog, Woodworking Blogs, Woodworking Videos

MoravianBenchDVDCoverCollectively, members of the Popular Woodworking Magazine staff past and present have spent a lot of time at Old Salem and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) – I’d say it adds up to at least two months. And of course, if you were at Woodworking in America 2014, you likely spent time there, too.

One of the perqs of being on the staff of a woodworking magazine (or obtaining access through special group tours or well-placed calls) is getting to see behind-the-scenes stuff – such as the collection of Moravian benches that are tucked away in a non-public space at Old Salem.

Christopher Schwarz has written about and shown pictures of them a couple times on his PW blog (“Original Moravian Workbenches at Old Salem” and “More Moravian Workbenches“), and on his Lost Art Press blog, he’s written about “Will Myers’ Moravian Workbench,” which is a near copy of an 18th-century bench on Old Salem, but with the additional of a simple and useful tail vise.

And now, we have a new video (available on DVD or as a download) from Will Myers, “Building the Portable Moravian Workbench.” On it, Will shows you from start to finish how to build his sturdy, portable bench using hand-tool techniques, and it’s comprehensive enough for even the newest woodworker. The shoot was on location in The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, N.C., where Will is an instructor, and was shot by Josh Farnsworth.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

p.s. Should you wish to dip into a smaller Moravian project, I’ve posted Christopher Schwarz’s “Moravian Stool” article from the December 2012 issue, free.

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  • grindel

    What species of lumber is used in “Building the Portable Moravian Workbench” ? Is there
    any chance of seeing the BOM before I buy the DVD ?

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Looking at the preview, I’m almost certain the bulk of it is Southern yellow pine, possibly with some white pine mixed in (he says inexpensive and readily available materials, and in NC, those would be both). But I’ll shoot him an email to confirm. (That said, for a workbench, use whatever you have that’s dry, flat, cheap and available!)

  • bstjohn

    Nice timing–I’m tentatively planning a build of one of these right now. Any idea when it will be on the On Demand site?

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      I’m told by the eMedia team that it should be up within the day.

      • bstjohn

        🙂 Thanks Megan

    • wcm17

      It’s “Myers” dear.

      • Megan Fitzpatrick
        Megan Fitzpatrick

        Of course it is. How stupid of me. Fixed.

      • Nick Webb

        Also it’s “perks” and also also “… AND was shot by …”.
        Perhaps you’d better take a duvet day. 🙂

        • Megan Fitzpatrick
          Megan Fitzpatrick

          I see (and change) your “and” but I’m sticking by “perqs.” Still a duvet day does sound lovely.

          • bstjohn

            “Perqs” from perquisites. I’m with you on that one.

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