All posts filed under: Nicholson Workbench

I Should Have Done This a Long Time Ago

It’s not like the Alabama Woodworker’s Guild is a new organization and I jumped in right away. It was formed in 1983 which is about the time I started woodworking. I would hear mention of AWG from time to time but it was not until Christopher Schwarz begin conducting seminars there that I seriously thought about becoming a member. That was about a year and a half ago. Today I finally joined – 32 years after the organization was formed. Not only are there mentors available to teach a variety of basic and advanced woodworking skills, there is also a full size, professional quality workshop which I now have access to. It’s killer… There is a lesson to be learned here. If you want to learn woodworking, don’t wait 30 years before you check out the closest woodworking guild or club. I have already made a connection with one mentor about learning better sharpening skills. I’ll start on this ASAP. One of the many workbenches there is a Nicholson. I’ll build a new workbench later …

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 …