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New Workbench: Option Two

arlier this year, I began contemplating the design for a new workbench. The first blog post in what will be a series on my new workbench design, explored the Nicholson workbench (see an example Nicholson here). Since then, the Nicholson bench has become more commonplace on the internet. It appears to be the next trendy workbench design. Something that will likely advance the popularity of the Nicholson workbench is the forthcoming DVD from Lost Art Press which will document the construction of a Nicholson bench using a basic tool set and common lumber. The idea is to build a quality bench based on a historic design and do it on a budget. Mike Siemsen will procure the tools and lumber, then build the bench. I can’t wait to buy the DVD. So, I still have an interest in the Nicholson design; historic, relatively easy to build and can be created using common home center material. What’s not to like? For one, I don’t like the large aprons attached to each side of the top. And, …

Window Seat Bookcase: Getting Underway

With each project I create, I like to add either an upgrade to my workshop or a new tool to my collection. The workshop upgrade associated with the window seat bookcase has already been implemented; before any lumber was cut. I have been needing additional lighting in my workshop for a long, long time. I finally made up my mind to add some new light fixtures and reposition an existing one. Much of last week was devoted to this project. The wiring was very basic – I ran a line from an existing light fixture and from then on it was as simple as connecting white lead to white lead; black to black and connect the ground. Pretty simple, or so I thought. As soon as I turned on the circuit breaker, it tripped. After checking my connections, I got the same result. A local company was running ads on TV talking about how frequently electrical fires happen. I took this as a sign and called in an electrician to find my mistake (a significant …

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 …