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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 …

Ron Hock’s The Perfect Edge

In one of Doug Stowe’s books on box making, he wrote something that resonated with me. He said: Hand tools are either a source of frustration or a source of great pleasure, depending on whose hands they are in. I relish the opportunity to work with hand tools but have had my share of frustration in learning to use them well. So true. This frustration is what has kept me from totally embracing hand tools. Now that I have begun to change my ways; to embrace the use of hand tools, I have started upgrading my hand planes and chisels. As I use these tools, keeping them sharp is something I often think about. And this is where some frustration bubbles to the surface – really the feeling I get is more like apprehension. Why? Well, like with many things in woodworking, there are a variety of ways to go about sharpening your tools; some of them involve a lot of money, and I’m not sure which one to use, and what if I made …