The new bench build is moving along nicely. Now with both slabs attached and both vises installed, I can finally get a sense of the versatility of the new bench.
Building this bench made me start thinking of how we name our benches. We have the Roubo, the Nicholson, Holtzapffel, and even new versions like Paul Sellers. All of these benches have been named after an individual even though they, for the most part, are just small variations of regional benches made for years.
So, as I get closer to the completion of my workbench, rooted in the French style, I proclaim a new name. The Schenher bench. My bench. Not that it is anything ground breaking, only that it is my bench and designed to my specifications. With a few more additions it will be completed and ready for a lifetime of use.
In the coming week I will receive my inset vise and soon after a hand forged holdfast for the new bench. And I still have to install the center divider, the shelf, and drill some dog holes for the inset vise. Soon enough it will be finished and it will be time for some trial runs.
My question to you is: Do you have a favorite bench that is NOT a pure traditional form? Something that has been altered to meet your personal needs. I feel it is safe to build a purely traditional style bench, but I think it is better to build a bench suited to your personal needs. We are all a little different, so why shouldn't our benches be.