The Many Advantages of the Nicholson bench
I hosted a sapfm chapter meeting in my tiny basement shop yesterday. My Nicholson bench provided comfortable theater seating for 5.
A walnut plank, supported by hold fasts, served as a comfortable and stylish foot rest. I pulled my workbench away from the wall and repositioned my CF powered worklights to illuminate and focus attention on the demonstration.
12 woodworkers participated in lively discussions and tried their hands at filing, planishing brass and steel, and filing and setting saw teeth. Despite the cramped conditions, a good time was had by all. I think whenever you have a chance to gather with fellow woodworkers, it’s gonna be fun.
Speaking of which, we had a special surprise visit from author, instructor and Philadelphia windsor chair maker Jim Rendi. Jim is fantastic and it was a honor to have him join us.
This meeting has given me the confidence to try this again. I was afraid the shop would be too small and uncomfortable for a group of this size. But my collapsible Nicholson bench and a few throw cushions made all the difference. This is just another example of the many advantages of a long bench with hold fast holes on it’s front!