Boy oh boy am I gonna feel it in the morning. I can tell already. I didn't have a chance to do much today, I only ripped two 2x8's in half. I know I'm not in great shape. Ripping these two boards was a real workout for me and I haven't decided if it's a good thing or a bad thing and if I really should do it more often. I guess I probably should. Man it had me huffing and puffing and sweating up a storm for a while.
So I got the saw benches finished. But the point of them is that they are a stepping stone, A necessary evil on the way to building a joinery bench by hand. Have you heard about the Joinery Bench? Until this last February I hadn't either.
Early February I had just began the concept of getting myself up and running to do hand tool wood working demonstrations at Medieval and Renaissance Faires (you can read more about it in my previous posts starting here) I was thinking real hard about what kind of bench I could make that would be able to take knock down and pack up and still supply a variety of good bench qualities. Low and behold I catch a blog entry by Chris Schwarz at the Popular Woodworking site about this Joinery Bench (see the entry here) It was designed and built by Tim Williams, who you can find at the Wood Therapy Blog and more specifically his blog about benches especially the construction of this one at Bench Vice. Well it was like the light shone in from heaven and all the light bulbs in my thoughts went solar.
current workbench, (woefully stuck in storage for now) so my bench for demo's does not have to be something that rests in the corner, waiting to be hauled out a half a dozen times a year. It can actually work and earn its living year round. I really like that.