Dieter Schmid's Fine Tools

Workbench built by Thomas B., Neu Boltersen, Germany

Overall view
Overall view
This workbench was built out of maple and American Cherry (black cherry). The frame received two coats and the top four coats of Kunos oil finish from Livos.
Length x Width x Height 1800 x 600 x 940 mm
Weight about 130 kg
Completion time 93.5 hours
with drawer
Bench stop border and breadboard end were connected using a blind dovetail joint.
breadboard end
A photo from the construction: The breadboard end, joined to the bench stop face strip with a blind dovetail, is a fiddly and difficult joint to make. But the bench top will be absolutely solid, natural expansion and contraction from humidity will not effect the piece.
treenails
With the modern white glues available, the use of treenails in the frame joints could be considered overkill and is probably more for the "hand built" aesthetic than for function. But Thomas thinks, and we agree, that the pegged joints offer additional stability and security.
The way the tail vice has been set into the bench end is interesting
The way the tail vice has been set into the bench end is interesting.
The inspiration for the bench came from the Shaker work benches, which are outlined in "The Workbench Book".
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