Early English Manual Training Workbench


Whereas at Bloodline Merchants
we additionally investigated this English workbench, which is sort of
actually an early handbook coaching bench.


The face vise is a Parkinsons Good Vise (and sure, it’s
spelled “vise” not “vice” on the casting). Parkinsons had been
made within the 1880s and this instance options early metallic screw
threads that aren’t the acquainted Acme thread we use in the present day.
The vise is a quick-release mannequin and opens by pulling the
set off to the facet of the vise’s hub.

It nonetheless works silky clean after virtually 140 years. Wonderful.

The bench is low, heavy and comprises a wide range of cupboards
and “drawers” beneath for instruments. I put the phrase “drawers” in
quotes as a result of they aren’t actually drawers. They’re coated
cubbyholes or some such.


The “drawer fronts” look to be locked down with two vertical
battens to thwart would-be software pilferers. However whenever you flip
a turnbuckle (with no locking mechanism), one of many battens
folds out. Then whenever you attain for the drawer pull to take away
the drawer the ruse is revealed.



There aren’t any drawers. The drawer entrance merely covers a
cubbyhole. I ponder what the story is right here. The bench clearly
noticed lots of onerous use and but nobody had time (or maybe the
intent) to complete out the drawers.

It’s a captivating bench. And I’d have a lot relatively realized
woodworking on it as an alternative of the
Levard training bench
I encountered yesterday.

— Christopher Schwarz

Chris Schwarz Blog, Schwarz on Workbenches, Woodworking Blogs

Christopher Schwarz

About Christopher Schwarz

Chris is a contributing editor to Well-liked Woodworking
Journal and the writer at Misplaced Artwork Press. He is a
hand-tool fanatic (although he makes use of energy instruments, too).

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