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on 5 February 2012
You can tell the author's heart is very much attached to the topic. The book tells you not just everything you need to know about benches, what to look for and how to build one. It also speaks about the history and how things came to being (I.e what's the story behind a certain bench type).
I really enjoy this book. It helped me in selecting my next bench (and also tought what's rubbish about the one I currently own. So be aware, you may not like your old bench anymore after reading this book.
Well written, nice pictures, overall a keeper.
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on 16 December 2015
Excellent. You can really understand the importance of getting the workbench right. An interesting read that takes the guessing game out of it.
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on 1 July 2012
For a book about a technical subject, this is written with wit, passion and poetry. Yes, really. Of course, you'll only want to read it if you are a confirmed 'wood head'. Assuming you are, you might find yourself gripped, as I was, and read it from start to finish like a good novel. It is practical, full of useful tips and detailed advice, and also inspiring. It will confirm you as part of a great and enduring brotherhood of woodworkers, and equip you to grow into the craftsman you want to be.
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on 28 December 2014
Enjoyed reading a textbook on workbenches are not words I thought I would ever write..... But I did so I have.
The style of the book is enjoyable, intelligent and witty, with dry commentary and real life experience woven into a heartwarming text about the sheer enjoyment to be had when building your own workbench.
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on 10 March 2014
Chris just has a way of putting his ideas into layman English that is easy to read and understand. I woofed the book down in three nights at first and have read it twice since with more thought into it.
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on 4 March 2016
Some interesting points. Guy has too much time on his hands. Not practical for everyday joiners. Retirement work benches.
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on 27 October 2012
I purchased the Workbenches; From design and theory to construction, book on a whim, and could not put it down. It contains all you would want for you to build a very useful and practical work bench.
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on 30 October 2014
Not only provides a great insight into good bench construction but also represents a good read in woodworking generally. Apart from the "American Rabetts" the man has humour (alias "Humor"!)Up
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on 17 December 2013
Brilliant intro into more than just building work benches, techniques and planning as detailed in the book can be applied to a wide range of projects. Schwarz has become a go-to source for woodwork info and especially in relation to hand tools.
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on 10 September 2012
If you are thinking of buying or making a new workbench, then you really need to read this book first.
it will save you loads of time and money by getting it right the first time,
a really good book, excellent.
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