More than three decades after its original publication, The Workbench Book is still considered the definitive text on the subject of woodworking benches.
Now reprinted by Lost Art Press with an added foreword by Christopher Schwarz, this new hardbound edition reproduces Landis’s groundbreaking 1987 work in its entirety. This exhaustive study covers an incredible array of workbench types from around the world, from ancient examples to a traditional Shaker bench and even the mass-produced Workmate, as well as many other examples for general and specialized use.
In painstaking detail, Landis examines the construction and use of benches for cabinetmaking, boatbuilding, working with green wood, carving and more, along with their vises and other work-holding hardware. He discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each, with first-hand commentary from the craftsmen who work with them, and includes complete plans for four benches.
Richly illustrated with photos and drawings throughout, the book contains a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in designing and building a workbench, or simply using one to its full potential.
Smyth-sewn hardcover, 9 1/2" × 11", 248 pages, 2020.