Author Archives: Lost Art Press

About Lost Art Press

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

Workbench Tour No. 10: Lightweight Commercial Bench

This is the final tour in our series. I have one more workbench on site – the Loffelholz workbench – but it is upstairs and in use as part of a makeshift kitchen (we ripped out our kitchen on March … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 9: French Oak Roubo Workbench

I built my first Roubo in 2005 out of yellow pine. Loved it to death. I sold it after I had the opportunity to build this beauty in 2013. It has remained my workbench ever since. I don’t know why, … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 8: Moravian Workbench

The Moravian workbench made popular by Will Myers is a gorgeous piece of work – probably the prettiest workbench in our shop. It’s a full-featured bench in a compact design that can be knocked to pieces in minutes. I first … Continue reading

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A Little-discussed Feature of Tool Chests

Many critics of tool chests (on either the wall or the floor) say they prefer to have all their tools mounted on the walls where they can see them (and if they are missing) and be able to easily get … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Oaks

Whenever I finish building a massive workbench in oak, I think: This thing is going to last a long, long time. Hubris. For proof, just ask Ryan Bowen, of Charlotte, North Carolina. Ryan had built a “lightweight Roubo” workbench about … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 7: LVL Workbench

During the last 20 years, I’ve experimented with a lot of alternative (or odd) materials to build workbenches. Most worked fine. I think the raw materials are less important than their dimensions and the bench’s design. Megan Fitzpatrick and I … Continue reading

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Workbench Tour No. 6: Vintage Ulmia Workbench

The only good thing I can say about the stupidness of venture capital is that it resulted in me obtaining this workbench. This is a vintage Ulmia. I’m guessing it’s 1980s vintage based on what I know about the provenance … Continue reading

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