Summer Closes But Hand Tools Open Up

Over the past several months, we’ve been battling the heat to crank out a hand tool bench for the shop. Here is the fruit of our labor.


Nicholson Bench

Hand tool enthusiast, Shawn Nichols, first read about this style of bench several years ago in Chris Schwarz’s book on workbenches. This type of bench is referred to as a Nicholson or English Joiner’s Bench as it was first illustrated in a book by Perter Nicholson in the 19th century. Then last year a series of posts about getting into woodworking on the cheap popped up from woodworker Mike Siemsen. These were followed by the publication of a DVD entitled The Naked Woodworker.

The title might sound comical, and it partially is, but this concept seemed like the perfect thing for the NCCW. What better way to get into hand tools than on a shoe string budget? Here a few pictures of the bench going together.

Last week, holes were bored and “Doe’s feet” or “Dürer Sticks” were made. If you don’t know what they are used for, please take a look at this video or this blog post. While we’re educating, here are a few videos showing more principles behind this very intriguing and easy-on-the-wallet design.

Plans for Knockdown Nicholson

How to Knockdown the Knockdown Nicholson

Video on Work-holding Without a Vise

There are still things to add to make this better (holdfasts, shelf, bench dogs, crochet, etc.) but for now it’s up and running and ready for you to use. I hope you enjoy all the hard work the team put in on this fun and HEAVY project.

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