Category Archives: Workbenches

A Video Tour of the Holy Roman Workbench

Megan Fitzpatrick at Popular Woodworking Magazine has posted a video tour of the 1505 Holy Roman Workbench that was filmed at Woodworking in America last month. Roy Underhill has also shot an episode of “The Woodwright’s Shop” about both of … Continue reading

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The Palm, the Ban Qi and “The Young Mechanic”

Several commenters to yesterday’s post about the origin of the  Chinese planning stop, known as the palm, offered some additional information and a Western version. In the wheelwright’s shop shown in the 12th-century scroll “Qingming shanhe tu” we see a … Continue reading

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Origin Stories: The “Palm” or Planing Stop

Lu Ban, born some time between 770 and the 5th century BC, is the divine protector of Chinese carpenters and artisans. He is credited with inventing the basic tool kit of the carpenter and the rules, measurements and rituals associated … Continue reading

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Happy Labor Day! Forum Update 9/5

I hope that Labor Day means free time around your house and not “try to catch up day” like it it is here. I’m not complaining though. When catching up consists of picking up after a fun weekend and reading … Continue reading

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Shakers Invaded by Moravians!

Editor’s note: Below is the first post from Will Myers, a woodworker who teaches at Roy Underhill’s school and specializes in teaching a class on building a Moravian workbench and researching and reproducing Shaker pieces. Both John and I are … Continue reading

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Roman Bench Legged Up

Building this bench has been a lot more like building a daybed for a giant snake than a typical workbench. After drilling the mortises last Thursday, I got some time yesterday to cut the wedges for the legs, to kerf … 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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