Category Archives: Workbenches

Interview with Core77, Part 2

The second half of my interview with Core77 was posted today (here’s the link), and I am deeply jealous of the lede that Rain Noe wrote at the top of the piece. It’s a nice piece of work, and it’s … Continue reading

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A Book of Probable Benches

My next book, “Ingenious Mechanicks: Early Workbenches & Workholding,” is about one-third designed. As with all my books, it is wrestling with me like an alligator in a vat of Crisco. Suzanne “The Saucy Indexer” Ellison has turned up a … Continue reading

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What is a ‘Loose Tenon?’

Some readers seemed confused by my description of assembling a benchtop with the help of a “loose tenon.” The expression doesn’t mean that the tenon rattles loose in the mortise. Rather it means that the tenon is not integral to … Continue reading

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Loose Tenons & Workbench Tops

We think of loose tenons as a modern joint, but it is far from it. Early Greek and Roman boats were made with loose tenons that were pegged to keep the hulls together. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact … Continue reading

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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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