Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Workbench
- On Tue, July 14, 2009 6:55 pm, Alex Haugland wrote:
>It's _The Workbench Book_ by Scott Landis. ISBN 0-918804-76-0 Great
> If you go back through the discussions in the archive on holdfasts,
> you'll find links to a few pictures and things on the net, and as far as
> printed resources, either the book "The Workbench Book" or "The Workbench"
> (I can't remember which off the top of my head),
book, you can't possibly read it without picking up cool new ideas about
holding your work. The period-relevant stuff isn't all in the
introductory chapter, either--there's great stuff in Chapter 9 about
making your own vises, including cutting the screw threads with basic hand
tools. Chapter 12 is "Country Shaves and Brakes" and many of these
workholders are also period-appropriate.
> introductory chapter talking a very brief history of workbenches with someThis one, from a 1505 drawing by an engineer named Loffelholz from
> images, including one of a german 16th century workbench with a twin screw
> front vise and a carriage vise.
Nuremberg, is your best bet if you want a documentable bench with close to
modern levels of versatility. The tail (carriage) vise is enclosed in the
bench top, and works against movable stops to accomidate different lengths
of workpiece. The Landis book has instructions for homebuilding this sort
of vise. (Note: Landis mentions that the homebuilt version he saw had to
be turned in the opposite directions from a regular vise to open and
close. This is because the maker used off-the-shelf iron hardware. If
you want a truly period construction, just make a wooden thread by the
methods shown elsewhere in the book, but make it left-handed. No more
trouble than right-handed if you're handbuilding the threaded parts, and
that way a clockwise turning of the vise handle will grip the work (as the
carriage dog moves away from you down the bench)
One other suggestion about the Loffelholz bench: this design represents
the troubled infancy of the "modern" cabinetmaker's bench. The screws of
the face vise don't run in and out when you turn a handle; they're fixed
in the bench and the jaw tightens by means of big hand-operated wooden
nuts on the outside of the jaw. Consider making some cuisses to protect
your thighs, or trade some nice woodwork to your local armorer. Otherwise
you'll get a lot of bruises and snags from the screws before you get used
to the damn thing!
Still, this bench has an extreme coolness factor, and I plan to build
myself one someday. When I figure out where to put another bench, that
- It is completed!! :)
I'm rather proud of it despite its issues. I may go ahead and screw
in place and just use it as a permanent bench until I get version two
built with better
wood and experience.
David "Wolf" Mc.
Nullum beneficium inpune stat.