All posts tagged: workbench

I Like ‘The Naked Woodworker’

New Lost Art Press video provides hope for the cash strapped newbie. Lost Art Press videos often feature lively bluegrass music. The other day I beat my wife home from work; I had the TV going and as she stepped into our family room, bluegrass is what she heard. She asks, “What are you watching?” I reply: “The Naked Woodworker.” She says, “That sounds kind of dangerous.” The visual which then popped into my mind is not one I will share here. The title of the latest video from Lost Art Press is The Naked Woodworker with Mike Siemsen. This is not a video filmed at the wood shop of a nudist camp. The idea is the beginning woodworker enters this craft naked: no tools; no workbench. The goal of this video is to show how a new woodworker can 1), acquire a basic set of woodworking tools; 2), use these tools to build a respectable workbench. And 3), accomplish both in a way which excludes having to borrow money from family and friends. As …

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, …

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 …