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The Anarchist's Workbench

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The Anarchist's Workbench
Highland Item # 204778
Author: Christopher Schwarz

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The Anarchist's Workbench

The Anarchists Workbench is on the one hand a detailed plan for a simple workbench that can be built using construction lumber and basic woodworking tools. But its also the story of Christopher Schwarzs 20-year journey researching, building and refining historical workbenches until there was nothing left to improve. Along the way, Schwarz quits his corporate job, builds a publishing company founded on the principles of mutualism and moves into an 1896 German barroom in a red-light district, where he now builds furniture, publishes books and tries to live as an aesthetic anarchist.

The Anarchist's Workbench is the third and final book in the "Anarchist" series, and it attempts to cut through the immense amount of misinformation about building a proper bench. It helps answer the questions that dog every woodworker: What sort of bench should I build? What wood should I use? What dimensions should it be? And what vises should I attach to it? These questions are answered with the perspective of 2,000 years of workbench history.

Surprisingly, the way we immobilize pieces of wood to work on them hasn't changed much in the last 700 years. But what has changed are the raw bench-building materials available to the modern woodworker. Gone are the massive slabs of oak, maple and beech that built the Western workbenches of our ancestors. In their stead, we have very expensive hardwoods, plus inexpensive softwoods used for residential construction yellow pines and firs that (when used thoughtfully) can produce workbenches that are as heavy, tough and useful as historical examples.

The Anarchist's Workbench also seeks to open your eyes to simpler workbench designs that eschew metal fasteners and instead rely only on the time-tested mortise-and-tenon joint that is secured with a drawbored peg. The bench plan in the book is based on a European design that spread across the continent in the 1500s. It has only 12 joints, weighs more than 300 pounds and requires less than $300 in lumber. And while the bench is immensely simple, it is a versatile design that you can adapt and change as you grow as a woodworker.

The 344-page 6" x 9" book is printed on #70 matte coated paper. Its signatures are sewn and secured with fiber tape for durability. The pages are hardbound and covered in cotton cloth. Like all Lost Art Press books, it is produced entirely in the United States.

ISBN: 978-1-73339-165-8

Hardcover, 344 Pages

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