Category Archives: Workbenches

It Takes Only 100 Workbenches

Some things in woodworking are hard-earned. Translation: I might not be so bright. This week I performed some maintenance to my circa 1505 workbench designed by Martin Löffelholz. I’d built the bench last year using components that were soaking wet. … Continue reading

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The 6 Personalities of Workbench Builders

This post is by request. Several people have asked me to assemble all the links to the stories in this series in one posting so it would be easy to share or to find in the future. Workbench Personality No. … Continue reading

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Workbench Personality No. 6: The Undecider

Of all the workbench personalities, only The Undecider has driven me to reconsider my career in woodworking. Like herpes, when you encounter The Undecider, everything seems kinda normal at first. But then, inexplicably, you cannot get rid of him. The … Continue reading

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Workbench Personality No. 5: Frank Sinatra

I call this type of workbench builder the “Frank Sinatra” because they always do it “My Way.” In other words, a Frank Sinatra workbench is entirely disconnected from tradition and – at times – human reason. Is this bad? Shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Workbench Personality No. 4: The Best of Everything

The Best of Everything calls to ask if he can hire me to consult on his workbench build. And, if we get along personally, he would like to fly me to his shop so we can build the bench together. … Continue reading

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Workbench Personality No. 3: The Cheapskate

Quick editor’s note: These entries on the six kinds of workbench builders are all 100 percent true. I have removed the names of the people involved (except for Todd). Note that I have only love for these nutjobs. My encounters … Continue reading

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Workbench Personality No. 2: The Traditionalist

The Traditionalist sends me an email. He wants to find a source for his slab workbench top. It needs to be 6” thick, 20” wide and 9’ long. One piece of oak. And rived. Definitely rived. Rived is best. He’s … Continue reading

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