The start of this week saw the start of our English Workbench Series, and after the weekend we’ll be moving on to getting the trestles joined.
It’s been a busy time for us here as Richard completes his final Maguire Workbench and I’ve been finishing the edits for our latest video series; deciding which of Richard’s remarks are unsuitable for a family audience and polishing everything up.
Next year will see a big change for us and we’re planning plenty of content for here on the blog with our hand plane build coming early on.
Workbenches continue to be our focus this Christmas though and if you’re considering joining us with our English Workbench build here’s a few things you can expect to learn throughout the series:
– Mastering face & edge marks and taking short cuts
– Basics of hand prepping – Removing twist, straightening edges, flattening boards
– Cutting dovetailed lap joints – splitting the cheeks
– Building the face vice – understanding the design and maintenance. Cutting mortices and twin mortice and tenons
– Flattening a bench top
– Understanding workbench design, and the glueless bench top
The idea with this series is to be able to build a bench to last you a lifetime, by hand with minimal investment. The bench itself is a traditional English design, ideal for building and using by hand. Richard will be going through some of the design decisions in more detail shortly, but basically it’s old school, time tested and simple, with a few Richard quirks added.