The Anarchist’s Workbench, Preface and Chapter 1. Narrated by Ray Deftereos, is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Lost Art Press in any manner. Any mistakes or omissions are purely my own fault, and I hope I do this great book justice.
I think it is safe to say that this is the definitive workbench book. And as a free resource for the electronic version, this is completely out of this world as a deal! Join me on today’s episode as I discuss why this is probably the only workbench book you will ever need.
In this episode I review Becksvoort’s book on wood as it relates to woodworking. One of the best books about the subject that takes a wide range of topics and presents them in a format accessible to woodworkers of all levels
To tie in with the review of hand tool books, Brad and I work through 3 tool lists discussing some of the advice and tools we wish we had heard when we were starting out in hand tools. I’ve also put together a list with approximate costs – you can view it here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LS8QRl9ltqcfWcQ7cuicpRmO6qhZqB_X3OoVo2N_mrA/edit?usp=sharing
Thanks to the kindness of Patreon’s I was able to get someone into the workshop to film me. If you’re interested in my tools and how I work this is a quick tour.
The second of Graham’s books is one I can heartily recommend to all readers interested in an overview of traditional tools. This is one of the best books I’ve read in terms of both covering a wide selection of tools, and being thorough enough that you come away with a new found understanding.
The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Woodworking Handtools Instruments and Devices by Graham Blackburn is an interesting attempt at a complete visual and text encyclopaedia of handtools. Join me in today’s episode as I explore why you might want to add this to your bookshelf.
If you’re going down the rabbit hole of building the perfect workbench, this book will help you learn how to critique and improve on almost any design.
If you have ever wanted to build a low workbench, or are curious about the origins of the workbench – I have just the book for you today on the podcast. Chris Schwarz’s excellent production Ingenious Mechanicks showcases 3 low workbenches and takes you through the history construction and use of them.
In my opinion the best book you can buy before you start building a workbench is Christopher Schwarz’s Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use