Dieter Schmid's Fine Tools

Workbench built by Christopher D., Ireland

This workbench from Christopher is really interesting, firstly, because of the ease with which it can be dismantled, and secondly, because it is made entirely of surplus timber and rescue wood.

This is what Christopher has to say:

"This one is a workbench - definitely not a work of the cabinetmaker’s art - built for my son it is made from scrap and left over materials and is designed to be sturdy and portable - it is based on a design by Christopher Schwarz

Over all size 61 x 21 x 36 inches high - 1550 x 535 x 920 mm high - legs can be reduced in height if required. When disassembled, fits in Nissan Qashqai with back seat down.

The large gap between the work surfaces is designed to allow clamping of awkward workpieces - a tool caddy or it can be filled with a plank to form a central tool well if desired. The fancy work on the stretchers is because they were too thin and I was short of material.

Photos taken between heavy rain showers."

Workbench

Workbench

Workbench

Workbench

Tools used - all excellent except as noted: Large Bench Screw Veritas Vice Handle Shinto Saw Rasp Flat File Holzhefte aus Buche Rustin’s Danish Oil, "bought locally as you don’t deliver to islands" Plane Blade + Scrap = Scraper Plane Toothed Blade + Scrap = Toothing Plane JUUMA Low Angle Block Plane JUUMA Low Angle Jack Plane Saw Set used all 3 Veritas Wonder Dog Gramercy Holdfast  *

Christopher wrote: "generally useless would not buy again". Our answer: This holdfast is very popular amoong our customers. We received no other complaints. If the holdfasts slips through check the thickness of the table. If the table is too thin the holdfast can slip. Also please check the size of the hole. If the hole is not wide enough the holdfast cannot grip. Additional roughening with sandpaper will further enhance the grip.

To Gramercy Holdfast

Workbench

Workbench

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