- Hardcover: 202 pages
- Publisher: Taunton Press (October 10, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561585947
- ISBN-13: 978-1561585946
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
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Lon Schleining teaches woodworking at Cerritos College and has been a professional stair builder for 20 years. He lives in Long Beach, California.
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There is no single perfect workbench. Any design is a tradeoff between competing demands. The author discusses all facets of workbench design--vises, tops, support/chassis. It is up to the reader to design a workbench that satisfies her needs.
The author provides several examples of workbench designs / plans. These plans include important dimensions but leave the details to be worked out by the woodworker of an intermediate skill level. This I feel was the right decision because the book is directed at the intermediate woodworker. If you are a beginner and looking for detailed plans, I suggest the article from this month's Wood magazine or any of the other magazines.
The layout and format of the book are top notch. The photos are superb. Reading the book makes one eager to get in the shop.
In Chapter 8 he explains his bench design and building process. This is really a nice design and I think I will use it for the basis of my bench. Note as 1 reviewer mentioned that this isn't a very detailed engineering view plan; it contains basic part measurements in a 3-dimensional view. It is enough information to design and build the same bench but you may have to dimension out a few things in more detail when building yours.
The layout and photography in this book are excellent, and the writing style is easy to follow.