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

4.53 of 5 stars 4.53  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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
ebook, 753 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Popular Woodworking Books (first published March 22nd 2011)
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James Eckman
Dec 29, 2014 James Eckman rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
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 5 of 5 stars
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.
Tim Janssen
Excellent reference for anyone looking to build a workbench for general woodworking.
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