French Bench. German School. American Teacher. Day 1.

Irrespective of what number of instances I do it, each class on constructing a
workbench is remarkably completely different.

Totally different wooden. Totally different instruments. Totally different college students. Totally different

I don’t know the way I received talked into educating a workbench class
at a hand-tool faculty in Germany. OK, that’s a lie. I do know
precisely how. I used to be consuming beer with the scholars from the
class final 12 months, and so they satisfied me it was a good suggestion.
(Notice to self: Cease at two beers.)

Regardless of my misgivings about making ready for a workbench class on
the opposite aspect of the world, I’m actually fairly enthusiastic about
a number of the challenges forward.

First up: Mortising the highest. The workers at Dictum
glued up the tops for the 13 benches we’re constructing.
It’s a European oak – French, I’m informed – and really onerous and
heavy. They discovered the oak beams from a provider that stocked
wooden for repairing or restoring bell towers. It’s fairly huge
stuff (every stick is 140 mm x 140 mm).

If we mortised it by hand, we’d most likely break a couple of chisels.
And some spirits. Fortunately, one of many academics at Dictum had a
good thought. There’s a touch within the video that goes with this
weblog entry.

Problem No. 2: Chopping the tops to completed size. The
answer is a round noticed. However not simply any round noticed.
Once more, it’s within the video.

I’ve received to chop this weblog entry brief as a result of I have to go eat
my Wheaties earlier than the heavy lifting begins. Correction. I’m in
Germany. I have to go eat my chilly cuts on scrumptious brown

— Christopher Schwarz

I’m in Bavaria this week on the faculty run by Dictum GmbH. They provide
some very fascinating courses in English. Should you’re pondering of
a woodworking trip, you would possibly need to verify the corporate’s
class schedule.

For extra on workbenches, take a look at “Workbenches:
From Design & Theory to Construction & Use”
in our

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