Revising my First Book, ‘Workbenches’

Chris Schwarz’s first book, responsible for the rediscovery of the Roubo bench, is a must have for any bench building junkie like me. If you would a enjoy well written, impeccably researched treatise on the design, construction, and use of “other than Scandinavian design” workbenches, buy this book.

Lost Art Press


For the last month, I’ve been revising and expanding my first book “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” for F+W Media. The revised book is scheduled to be out by the end of 2015 and printed in the United States.

I started writing that book in 2005, and a lot has changed in the last 10 years – not in workbench design, but in workholding. Plus, after teaching 15 or so classes on building workbenches (and building another dozen benches myself), I have learned a few things about bench building that have made my life easier.

Oh, and there are a few small errors in the original edition, including one line that people give me inordinate amounts of crap for. I wrote that I added a coat of wax to a benchtop, and then in a later photo caption discuss how that’s stupid for handwork. So I…

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