Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Making a 18th Century Workbench with Christopher Schwarz

Dates: 6/9/2014 - 6/13/2014
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $750
Materials: $675
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship

A solid workbench is the keystone to every shop. And the 18th-century French design for a workbench has yet to be surpassed by anything since. It is a solid and fully realized three-dimensional clamping surface that is ideal for everything from cutting mouldings by hand to template work with an electric router. In this class, students will build these benches with the help of the incredible array of heavy-duty machines at MASW (though there is plenty of handwork on these benches, too). This bench has only the "best in class" joinery--a mortise-and-tenon base and a tenon/sliding dovetail that joins the base to the top. Students will have the option to modify their benches during the evenings to accept the vises of their choice.

Note that this is a physically demanding class that requires heavy lifting and long days in the shop. But the result is worth it: The last workbench you'll ever need.

Key Points:

The core essentials of workbench design
How to process large timbers, from rough stock to firmly joined
Drawboring, the core technique in bench construction (and timber framing)
How to cut and fit huge through-tenons with a jigsaw and a chisel
Strategic placement of holes for dogs and holdfasts
Flattening a workbench top
Finishing a top - from micro-surfaces to film finishes
Installing a leg vise and quick-release tail vise

Note - Materials Fee does not include the hardware.

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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