Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Workbench

About the ‘St. Peter’s Cross’ Mechanism

In “The Anarchist’s Workbench” (download it for free here) I mention that the device we now call a “Crisscross” from Benchcrafted was once called “St. Peter’s Cross” or “Croix de St. Pierre.” Several people have called foul, saying (as the … Continue reading

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Page Design in the ‘Anarchist’ Series

Shortly after “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” was released I got a nasty call from a reader. “I’m a graphic designer. I own other Lost Art Press books,” he said. “And I have to say this new book has a terrible, … Continue reading

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Updated ‘Anarchist’s Workbench’ PDF

Thank you to the many of you who have sent in corrections to “The Anarchist’s Workbench” (y’all are fast readers)! I’ve updated the pdf (even “spit top bench,” though I found that one funny) – the new (and free) pdf … Continue reading

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Now Available (for Free): ‘The Anarchist’s Workbench’

You can now download a free pdf of “The Anarchist’s Workbench” via this link. It is a direct link. You don’t have to register for anything, submit your email or even declare you aren’t a robot.  The file contains no … Continue reading

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‘The Anarchist’s Workbench.’ For Free. Forever.

At first glance, the workbench in “The Anarchist’s Workbench” appears to be almost identical to the bench I built in 2005, which has shown up in a number of magazines and books. It’s chunky, made from yellow pine and the … Continue reading

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Blacksmith Planing Stop from Tom Latane

A toothed iron planing stop is my primary form of workholding on the benchtop. When embedded in a 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 12” block of wood that moves up and down, I can plane up most faces and edges of … Continue reading

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Back in Stock: ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’

After numerous production delays, which I will blame on the mole people instead of the pandemic, “The Anarchist’s Design Book: Revised Edition” is now back in stock and shipping from our warehouse. This is the fifth printing of the book, … Continue reading

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The ‘What the Heck is That?’ Game

While writing “The Anarchist’s Workbench,” I unearthed a lot of new historical images, and I reviewed images that had been bugging me for years. One of the buggers is shown here. Dr. Johann Georg Krünitz’s “Ökonomische Encyklopädie” (or “Economic Encyclopedia,” … Continue reading

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This Summer: ‘The Anarchist’s Workbench’

I have finished writing the third and final book in the “anarchist” series, “The Anarchist’s Workbench,” which will be released in August 2020. We planned to release it at Handworks as a surprise (indeed, I am exactly like a bearded … Continue reading

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