In his third and final “anarchist” title following The Anarchist’s Tool Chest and The Anarchist’s Design Book, Schwarz builds a simple, economical workbench designed for flexibility and durability.

Much more than a construction guide, this engaging, sometimes poignant text highlights the author’s design philosophy and life experience over decades of woodworking, research, writing and publishing.

He provides historical context for five traditional workbench forms and then analyzes 17 different benches (nearly all of which he has built), noting the pros and cons of each. He covers European advancements in workbench technology between the 15th and 18th centuries, and looks at joinery and workholding concepts that can be adapted to an existing bench.

Schwarz refines an ancient European design for his featured workbench. His detailed plan includes drawings, a cut list, assembly instructions and advice on building accessories such as a shelf and bench hooks. Black-and-white photos throughout. A captivating read and an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to build a workbench.

Hardcover, 6" × 9", 324 pages, 2020.

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