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Local woodworking guru, Chris Schwarz, has been writing a series of blog articles on workbench personalities.   If you don't know Chris, he's the former executive editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine.   About 14 years ago he left to pursue his own passions.  Among them are researching traditional techniques, hand-tooling, tool chests, work benches, campaign furniture.   He continues to teach, research, publish, write, and produce furniture.   He's also been on The Woodwright's Shop.

 

Warning: Don't be drinking coffee when you read these.

 

So far, 4 of 6

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2017/11/30/the-6-different-workbench-builders/

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2017/12/01/workbench-personality-no-2-the-traditionalist/

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2017/12/01/workbench-personality-no-3-the-cheapskate/

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2017/12/02/workbench-personality-no-4-the-best-of-everything/#comments

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Glad I'd finished my coffee. I've read a number of articles by Chris. Enjoyed every one. He's a very caustically humorous author. 

Thanks for posting these.

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...too, funny...

 

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so where does dumpster diving and cobbling together fit in...

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7 minutes ago, Stick486 said:

so where does dumpster diving and cobbling together fit in...

Probably in one of the two upcoming blogs, that haven't been published yet...I suspect, that, both of those are the subject of the articles, and I wouldn't be surprised if one of the articles doesn't include a photo of you!:o

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And, a couple saw horses and some plywood. Call it The Minimalist Bench AKA, The Lazy Man Bench. 

Edited by Gene Howe

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5 minutes ago, Gene Howe said:

And, a couple saw horses and some plywood.

So, you've seen my assembly table!

 

The only downside is that it is hard to: plane, chop mortises, saw dovetails, cut tenons...

Edited by schnewj

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1 minute ago, schnewj said:

So, you've seen my assembly table!

 

The only downside is that it is hard to: plane, chop mortises, saw dovetails...

No matter the bench build, it would still be hard for me to do that stuff. I leave that to the real woodworkers.;)

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Any guesses on the last two?

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7 minutes ago, kmealy said:

Any guesses on the last two?

I'm sticking to my guns!  Dumpster diving for materials has to be one.

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I'd bet the "MDF guy" will show up. Schwarz can be really funny.....I especially enjoy watching him with Underhill (who is funny in his own right).

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12 hours ago, schnewj said:

I'm sticking to my guns!  Dumpster diving for materials has to be one.

 

it works..

 

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1 hour ago, Stick486 said:

 

it works..

 

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I rest my case...

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Geeze, I had no idea people were so totally obsessed with work bench design. 

Reading Chris' entertaining blog makes it apparent that there's an unmet need for bench builder psychotherapy.^_^

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20 minutes ago, Gene Howe said:

unmet need for bench builder psychotherapy.

 

gather up a pile of leftovers, dumpster findings, kitchen salvage and what not...

put the bench together like a jigsaw puzzle...

spend little or nothing...

it works...

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15 minutes ago, Stick486 said:

 

gather up a pile of leftovers, dumpster findings, kitchen salvage and what not...

put the bench together like a jigsaw puzzle...

spend little or nothing...

it works...

Exactly.

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50 minutes ago, Stick486 said:

 

gather up a pile of leftovers, dumpster findings, kitchen salvage and what not...

put the bench together like a jigsaw puzzle...

spend little or nothing...

it works...

Sounds exactly like MY previous bench. It cost me nothing, which was just barely within my budget. And it served a purpose for about 44 years! But it's time for a change.

John

 

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1 hour ago, HARO50 said:

it's time for a change.

 

use a better grade of dumpster...

 

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