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Christopher Schwarz is the editor of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine and is a long-time amateur furniture-maker and hand-tool enthusiast. He began working with wood at age 8 when his family members built their first home on their farm outside Hackett, Ark., using hand tools because there was no electricity. After studying journalism at Northwestern University and The Ohio State University, Chris became a newspaper reporter but studied furniture-making at night at the University of Kentucky and joined the staff of Popular Woodworking in 1996. In addition to his duties at Popular Woodworking, Chris writes about hand tools for The Fine Tool Journal and has four DVDs on traditional hand tool use produced and sold by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. He teaches handwork at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and Kelly Mehler's School of Woodworking.
I purchased this book when I decided to make a solid workbench. I also bought others. In the end I built the Roubo with Chris Schwarz at The Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ewingbe
I have been reading the book a few times over and always finding new tips with my own project (roubo style workbench)Published 7 days ago by ronen dvir
Chris uses everyday english to give us the history and roots of the modern bench. He provides charts that can be used to compare the abilities of locally available woods so we can... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kkoly
I hate doing this review and only giving it 4 stars. It was a good book, but after reading Chris's first book on work benches, this one just isn't quite as good. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeff Stanley
Schwarz has clearly done his homework here, but he also adds his own oppinions from personel experience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Schwartz tells you all that you need to design your own bench. His writing style is easy to read and clear in describing each bench and appliance.Published 5 months ago by JCT