Author Archives: Lost Art Press

About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.

Home is Where the Pinus echinata is

When working in Australia, the weirdest thing about the experience wasn’t the accents, the plastic money or the fact that you can order a burger loaded with kangaroo and wallaby meat. It was the birdsong. Every day I walked a … Continue reading

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Roman Legs: Four or Eight?

Today I turned the first four legs for the low Roman workbench but I left my lathe set up because I might need to turn four more tomorrow. While most images I’ve come across of Roman workbenches show them made … Continue reading

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Flattening the Roman Benchtop

I only want to work each surface of this benchtop once. The slab weighs enough (approximately 115 pounds) that I have to struggle with it to get it in and out of the vise and onto the benchtop. So every … Continue reading

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The Roman Workbench Begins

This afternoon I got a good start on my first Roman workbench – a knee-high bench with almost no workholding, aside from holes for pegs or holdfasts. I’m building it using a red oak top from Will Myers, who dried … Continue reading

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That’s a Three-barbarian Door

Yesterday I managed to hang my braced and ledged door for the stables at our storefront. The stables will eventually house my machinery, so I wanted the door to be nice and handmade. So by following the instructions on these … Continue reading

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Now Shipping: The Red Edition of ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’

To mark the fifth anniversary of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” we have published a single run of 4,000 of these books with a red cloth cover instead of the usual black. We have been shipping the red cover to our … Continue reading

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A Workbench Cleat from 1826

Check out the right leg of the workbench in this 1826 plate that Jeff Burks dug up from “Les Amusemens de la Campagne” (Vol. 3) by M.A. Paulin Desormeaux. Take a look at Fig. B there. It’s a small cleat … Continue reading

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