All posts filed under: Chris Schwarz

I Want a New Workbench

And I want one bad. A new workbench is something I am beginning to think about a lot. In my 2013 in Review post, I laid out my woodworking schedule for 2014 and no where on this schedule is there time for a new workbench. My only hope is that something changes during the year which will create time for building one, or at least start the process. But, I can dream about a super cool bench. In my mind, I still drool over what I consider to be the coolest bench ever – the Chris Schwarz Roubo – not the French Oak Roubo, but his previous bench made mostly of rustic cherry and southern yellow pine. And what’s not to like: big, beefy timbers abound and I like the color contrast in the lumber he sourced. But, it seems the Roubo workbench is everywhere these days and I am not into being yet another woodworker who builds a Roubo. But I do want a bench based on a historic design. Before I get too …

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Highland Woodworking

What a day. I spent the better part of Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia at Highland Woodworking, location for one of Lie-Nielsen’s Hand Tool Events. I have wanted to attend one of these shows for quite some time; I have seen videos and photos from various Lie-Nielsen events across North America, but never at a location and time which worked for me. When I saw Lie-Nielsen’s announcement for the Atlanta event, I made a point to be there. And since I own a LN #4 smoother and a #60 1/2 R block plane, I really wanted to go. By the way, I used my cell phone to take these photos – they are a little fuzzy… I had received a message that the MWA Atlanta group was going to meet there at 10:00 a.m. When I arrived it was already crowded. One reason: the appearance by Chris Schwarz. I spent a lot of time talking with Scott Meek of Scott Meek Woodworks. Scott makes premium wooden body hand planes in the Krenov style. The monstrous plane …