November 2012 ACWA General Meeting
Recap: After attending to some club business, namely the future of the Wood Chip, Dennis, Dohnn and Tony presented on portable workbenches. This was followed by some show and tell by Don and Steve.
Thanks to Mathew for the pictures and getting this blog post started. I thought I would add a bit of followup on benches.
It seems that Chris Schwarz, workbench guru, blogged about Rules for Workbenches today on his Popular Woodworking Magazine blog. It’s a good read. Does Dohnn’s portable bench adhere to Chris’s rules???? Chis is also the author of Workbenches From Design & Theory to Construction & Use and The Workbench Design Book. I highly recommend both books if you are planning on building a workbench. Other must read books on work benches include The Workbench Book by Scott Landis and The Workbench: A Complete Guide to Creating Your Perfect Bench by Lon Schleining
Chris Schwarz also recently blogged about another interesting portable bench which he refers to as the Modern Milkman’s Workbench. I really like that one.
Although not portable, Aldren Watson has plans for a fold up closet workbench in his book Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings. This would be perfect for the apartment woodworker who uses hand tools. If you are interested, this book is available in the ACWA Club Library! Dont know about the club library, just ask!
As a last thought for those of you interested in shaker boxes, ACWA member Merlin H. Just sent me a link to John Wilson’s website.
Do you know of some cool portable workbench planes, post a link in a comment below.