Category Archives: Roman Workbenches

The Planing Stop

This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz.  The first time I saw the bench in Peter Nicholson’s “Mechanic’s Companion” (1831), I thought: That’s not right – the benchtop has only a planing stop. There are no holes for holdfasts, dogs or other … Continue reading

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Ingenious Mechanicks: Ah-ha!

This time last year Chris Schwarz and Narayan Nayar were in Naples, Italy. In between consuming vast quantities of pizza they made a visit to Pompeii to study and photograph a fresco depicting a Roman workbench (Daedalus and Queen Pasiphae … Continue reading

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Closing the Book

One of my peculiarities is that I try to complete the writing for a book before the close of the calendar year. I believe I’ve been doing this ever since writing “Campaign Furniture.” Maybe longer. This year is no different. … Continue reading

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The Change of Seasons (Covington Style)

It’s been almost six months since my last haircut and three months since my last shave. This is not intentional. I simply don’t care what I look like or what others think of my visage (hey, a Fancy Lad term!). … Continue reading

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New Face Vises; New Title for a Book

Before heading out for Charleston, S.C., to visit my dad, I added a couple face vises to my circa 1505 Holy Roman Workbench. These vises have no screws and no real jaws. Instead they clamp the work with a wedge. … Continue reading

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Authentic Finish for a Roman Workbench

The only thing that disappoints me about my Saalburg workbench is the finish. It’s not jet black like the original I studied in Germany in June. Of course, when the bench was thrown down a well circa 200 A.D., it … Continue reading

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‘Roman Workbenches’ Isn’t Quite Right

Today I glued up my recreation of the Roman workbench from the Saalburg fort and museum outside Frankfurt, Germany. The Saalburg bench is, as far as I know, the oldest surviving workbench from about 187 A.D. And as I pounded … Continue reading

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