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The Workbench Design Book: The Art & Philosophy of Building Better Benches

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The follow-up book to "Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use"

Complete plans, expert instruction and rationale for building nine workbench formsInstruction on improving existing workbenches for better workholding and an improved woodworking shop.

"The Workbench Design Book" not only shows how to design a workbenchOCoit also discusses and presents ni
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ebook, 753 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Popular Woodworking Books (first published April 18th 2011)
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Andy
Dec 11, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: woodworking
This book is a follow up to Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use. Some people wanted more from that book, as it only gave plans for two workbenches. While I think it was pretty detailed despite that, this one delves into the Popular Woodworking magazine archives and comes up with many more designs, complete with critiques on their merits. It's hard to say which is better, as they both are good. My recommendation is to read both if you're looking to build a bench.
Cyberbiker Deitrick
May 25, 2013 Cyberbiker Deitrick rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any woodworker interested in hand tool methods
Shelves: woodworking
Chris Schwarz is an excellent writer with a practical side. His meticulous research makes understanding the history and reasons for the development of various workbench features and accessories do an excellent job of understanding the why's & hows of their development & use. His background material makes it easier to sort out which of the various features and accessories are appropriate for the reader's situation and woodworking style.
James Eckman
Oct 07, 2015 James Eckman rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Woodworkers
I skimmed this courtesy of the Sunnyvale library as an E-book. I have the first workbench book which I think is vastly better, it covered benches I'm more likely to build and more of the reasoning behind bench design. On the other hand, some of the designs like the LVL bench, uses laminated lumber and after several years of use remains flat. Other designs are included as well and you may like them more than the ones in the first book.
Ian
Aug 08, 2011 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The two Schwarz books really need to be read together. They work much better as halves of the same text. Together they are a tour de force on workbench theory, construction, and use.
Mark Myers
May 24, 2011 Mark Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about woodworking and a means to connect to other woodworkers and the history of the craft.

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Tim Janssen
Jul 09, 2012 Tim Janssen rated it it was amazing
Excellent reference for anyone looking to build a workbench for general woodworking.
Pianomama
Apr 03, 2012 Pianomama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good companion to Workbench book by Schwarz. Several Patterns and critiques.
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