Category Archives: Workbenches

The Old Workshop at Grumblethorpe

In 1744 John Wister built a summer house in Germantown, a rural area northwest of  Philadelphia. The house later became the primary residence of the family and was known for its gardens, orchards and farm. When Charles Jones Wister (1782-1865), … Continue reading

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The Carpenters, the Wheelwright and the Turner

Léon Augustin Lhermitte (1844-1925) was a painter of working people. He was known as a realist and specialized in depicting people working in their homes, in workshops and the fields. As far as I have found, he completed three pieces … Continue reading

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Hurricanes are Hard on Workbenches

I’m in Charleston, S.C., this week to inventory my father’s belongings and start figuring out what to do with his possessions and his house. I also have one important personal task: retrieve a workbench I loaned him many years ago … Continue reading

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James Krenov’s Workbench

A few weekends ago, I traveled up the Mendocino Coast in Northern California to see The Krenov School’s midwinter show in Fort Bragg, Calif. I suppose I’ve been vocal enough about my status as an alumnus of the school (when … Continue reading

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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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