New Workbench and a Relocated Handtool Workshop

New bench in maple and walnut

New bench in maple and walnut

I’ve been building a new bench on and off since the spring of 2014.  While I still plan to install a shelf inside of the leg stretchers, a deadman, and a planing stop, the bench is now basically complete and functional for the work that is at the top of my queue.  I estimate that the bench weighs between 500 and 600 pounds.  It’s pretty solid.  The wooden screws are both by Lake Erie Toolworks and the holdfasts are by John Switzer of Black Bear Forge.

I’ve also decided to convert my living room to a hand tool woodworking shop.  For now this just means my bench and toolchest are the two nicest pieces of furniture in my house and that I have moved the television to a much less used room.  My machines still live in my carriage house and I still use them for heavy stock preparation.

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