I couldn't keep up with Oldtools and I just sort of drifted away
when Badger Pond became WoodCentral. I guess the only thing that keeps
me here is that it's usually pretty easy to find the handtool threads
and I figure I'm helping keep alive the spirit of folks like O'Deen (who
hepled me so much when I was starting down the slope).
On Tue, 21 Sep 2004 07:43:47 -0500, Conan the Librarian
put your carving benchlet on the floor and stand on it to lower your
I suppose ... *if the heights were right... *if you didn't do much
hand sawing... *if floor space was at a premium.... it might be the
email@example.com (Never Enough Money) wrote in message
Coming in late but here's another reference: the <Bench Tools> book
in *The Best of FWW* series has the piece by Drew Langston, though
titled "Body Mechanics and the Trestle Workbench". The article makes
reference to Japanese woodworking techniques as the souce of the bench
design. Accompanying pics show it to be above the knee, but not quite
middle of the thigh. Two trestles, with both a thick beam (to chop
against, etc.) and a thinner board (to hold tools) spanning them.
Langston pull-planes, chisels and saws at the bench, using different
postures. When chiseling, for instance, he half-sits on the bench,
clamping the work with thigh and shin. When planing, he uses a full
width stop to secure the work and stands at the end of the bench.
The book also features a piece on the 18th century joiners' bench, and
one on a more contemporary "classic" bench with shoulder and tail
I'm just beginning to move away from the tubi and plywood stage. This
book gave me much to think about. Got it on eBay for just a few
Good luck, Never Enough; it's been fun reading about your experiment.
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