An ironing board met a spindly manual-training workbench at a bar. Drinks were consumed. And nine months later, the Chandler & Barber patented “Handy Bench Cabinet” came into this world in 1902.
The “bench” is a testament to human will – that something so odd and ill-conceived could be patented and brought to market.
Observe the arrangement of the vise and the opening of the cabinet. A right-handed woodworker would pretty much slam his or her handplane into the rear of the cabinet with almost every stroke. There is an incredible amount of wasted space in the closed cabinet. And the lower shelves (12” x 18”) look sized for almost anything except woodworking tools. Where do the long planes go?
Other than that, very nice!
— Christopher Schwarz
Thanks to Jeff Burks for digging up this love child.
I used to have a nice presentation for my students on the different kinds of storage schemes they might consider for their tool chests.
I somehow lost that presentation this year. I deleted it, overwrote it and lit it on fire I suppose.
During the last few months I’ve tried to rebuild that presentation. But until I find some free time to do that, this blog entry will suffice.
Above is a heretofore private little video I shot for a webinar on tool chests. It discusses some storage options. Also, below you will find downloads to two good historic resources you should study before dividing up the interior of your chest.
The first is from Vol. II of “Practical Woodworker,” from my personal collection.
After several requests from customers who have ordered the deluxe or standard edition of “To Make as Perfectly as Possibly: Roubo on Marquetry,” we have worked out a way for you to pick up your order at Woodworking in America, Oct. 18-20.
Picking it up will allow you to get it signed by many of the people involved in the project, including author Don Williams and (we hope) Michele Pietryka-Pagán, Philippe Lafargue and designer Wesley Tanner.
We hope to have a book-release party on Thursday, Oct. 17, and a book signing on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 19. Details to follow in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, if you are not able to attend Woodworking in America we cannot get your books autographed for you. The logistics are too complicated and we are already having to truck a huge number of books from Indiana (and unclaimed ones back) for this event. Our apologies.
I know there will be some gritching about this, but I will remind you that we are just two people and our focus is on making books, not creating autographed collectibles.
If you are attending Woodworking in America, you will be able to pick up your copy of the book at the book-release party on Thursday or in our booth in the Marketplace on Oct. 18-19. The Marketplace is not open on Sunday. To claim your book, we’ll need your name and e-mail address so we can mark you off the list.
If you’d like to order the standard edition of “To Make as Perfectly as Possible,” visit our store here. We still have some of the deluxe editions, which can be purchased here.
9. Chairmaker Peter Galbert will be teaching classes there. We are currently editing a book on chairmaking by Peter that is fantastic – he is drawing all the illustrations. Peter also should have some of his ingenious Drawsharp jigs at WIA that make it easy to rehab a drawknife. Check out Peter’s chairs on his site. Really, really good stuff.