Our English Workbench Video Series is on its way. We said it would be out this year and after many enquries to it’s presence, we can finally say that it will be on time… just. We’ll be pre-launching any day with full details of the build, and Chapter One will be very close behind.
This workbench had a very difficult birth. It’s technically our first Premium Series because we started it long before the Spoon Rack, but unfortunately as many of you will know things got a bit awkward during the build as I became ill and had to down tools and close a workshop, loose a house then build a workshop, and… well all those woe is me sorts of things.
The workbench stood unfinished for many months in a barn with a collapsed roof and then got another shock to it’s system when it was brought back in to the warmth and became cared for again. I have to admit, I’d actually wrote this project off but to my surprise, other than the pebble dashing of bird shite and some water staining the bench remained exactly as I left it. I’d say that’s a fair testament to the construction methods chosen.
Since being ill (poisoned) it took nigh on a year to get back hand planing without panting like a walrus, and build some endurance, but over the last month we’ve finally finished this workbench fitting it with a good solid face vice and flattening the top.
As Maguire Workbenches closes it feels like a great time to be able to share the huge amount of info and experience that I have acquired on this subject. And it also feels so very right to be ending Maguire Workbenches with a bench build that will be so accessible to others.
So after its journey I find myself with just the right bench at just the right time, a new surface for the next chapter. I think I’m very fond of this bench.
I expect this won’t be the only bench that we build on camera but the English Workbench in this simple, honest form will probably be my favourite. A good, proper bench.
A big thanks to everyone for your patience with this one.