‘Popular Workbench Magazine’


July 1997: Jim Stuard’s Bullet-proof Bench. The title is
based mostly not solely on the burden and energy of this bench, however
on the bullets Jim discovered within the 10/four maple as he milled the
inventory for the highest.

“Widespread Workbenches” is commonly recommended as a title revision
for the journal, given the variety of workbench plans we’ve
supplied over time. And it’s true that we now have revealed a
beneficiant variety of them – however each one is completely different! And given
worksurface of some sort is integral to any workshop,
effectively, it’s a perennially essential matter.

So on this publish, only for enjoyable (and to procrastinate on a
spreadsheet I’ve to dig into at the moment), I’m itemizing each
workbench we’ve ever revealed in Widespread Woodworking
and Woodworking Journal (the primary one,
from 1997, is above). Additionally, I feel it’s enjoyable to see how the
design of the journal pages has modified over time.

February 2001: This was, as far a I can inform, the primary bench
Christopher Schwarz constructed for Widespread Woodworking. In the event you
construct it at the moment, it’ll price you round $260.


August 2002: Energy-tool Workbench. This one (constructed by
Christopher Schwarz) was “my” bench once I first joined the
employees; I used it till I constructed my very own in 2009 (see beneath).

December 2003: The 24-hour bench, by Christopher Schwarz and
Kara Gebhardt.


Woodworking Journal Autumn 2005: The Southern yellow pine
Roubo…the primary of a gazillion Roubo workbenches Christopher
has since birthed.

Woodworking Journal Autumn 2007: This historic kind (constructed
right here by Christopher Schwarz) is from Charles Holtzapffel’s
1875 “Holtzapffel’s Building, Motion and Software of
Slicing Instruments, Quantity II.”


December 2007: This Shaker-inspired workbench by Glen Huey
gives loads of storage. (Is it mistaken that I would really like this
as my kitchen island, minus the vises and canine holes?)


October 2008: Bob Lang’s ash bench incorporates a software effectively down
the middle with detachable trays; they are often flipped over to
create a strong worksurface.

November 2009: This bench has aged higher than its main
person (I constructed this with plenty of assist from Christopher
Schwarz), and it’s the one I nonetheless use in our store.


August 2010: On the quilt, we name this a “Burly French
Workhorse,” and it’s. But it surely seems to be downright petite subsequent to
a number of the different benches Christopher has constructed.


June 2013: This little tabletop bench by Christopher Schwarz
can maintain a 19″-wide panel in its twin-screw vise.


November 2015. That is the least-expensive full-sized bench
within the bunch – and it’s a fast construct.

February 2017. Invoice Rainford’s beefed-up model of Tage
Frid’s bench was our most up-to-date.

Be aware that a number of the above are collected in “The
Workbench Design Book
,” adopted by a two-page critique of
every bench after years of use. A pair others are within the
revised version of “Workbenches:
From Design & Theory to Construction and Use
“; in that
e-book, you’ll additionally discover photographs and illustrations that weren’t in
the journal, new info on workholding and extra – plus a
behemoth of a French bench that’s not been in our magazines.

However…certainly we’ve written extra about workbenches? Effectively, sure. The
“English Nicholson Workbench,” for instance, is in “Workbenches:
From Design & Theory to Construction and Use
” – however we
by no means revealed it in both journal. And Christopher has

written a lot on his blog about workbench
builds, and
you’ve seen me construct a bench on the weblog as effectively, and
add a Sheldon vise to it
– the 6′-long Roubo bench that’s
in my basement. (And if I ever end my bogs, I’ll have
time to construct one other bench. I now have room for an eight′- or
9′-long one in my basement store. I’ll need that earlier than I deal with
the kitchen.) Plus, there are bench movies. Plus it’s doable
I missed one! (Do let me know if that’s the case.)

— Megan

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