Designer Spotlight Introduction | Blog

A few weeks ago I was in Cincinnati, Ohio visiting my wife's family for the holidays, and while meandering I stumbled into Lentz and company a second hand furnishing store specializing in vintage acquisitions. I got into a heavy conversation with a very savvy employee regarding designs and designers in general. 

The consensus was that so much has been lost over the past 50-60 years.  In the 50s and 60s designers were akin to celebrities, even to the point that your average person could rap off a handful of their favorites. Every house had unique furniture,  each vehicle manufacturer had a unique look,  companies had an image, a brand, and a unique identity.

Unfortunately this isn't so much the case nowadays, I find it hard to differentiate a Ford, from a Honda, from  Hyundai. Our furnishings are built & purchased mainly for economical reasons, and our modern "Shape and styling" is what we are  left with after profit production have been optimized.

Well, I've decided it's time to kick off a designer spot-light series, where I briefly highlight a different designer each week, making observations with regard to their tendencies. And I hope that by the time I'm finished you will be able to name a handful of your favorites.

Nicholson workbench part 1 | How-To

So as both a right of passage as well as a necessity, I've started my workbench build. I've settled on a slightly modified version of Chris Schwarz's "English Workbench" in his workbench book.   Tool used list below.

I have also added free Google SketchUp plans I made to my website

Anyway, thanks for watching and let me know if you have any questions!

Tools used:
Delta Unisaw
Dewalt 20v Circular saw
General tools digital bevel guage
Rockwell 14" Bandsaw
Dewalt DW716 Miter saw
Dewalt DW618 plunge/fixed base router
Dewalt 4 1/2 angle grinder
Dewalt 20V Jigsaw
Titebond ii Wood glue
Fastcap Gluebot
Woodriver 5 1/2 bench plane
Dewalt 20v Drill
Porter cable forstner drill bit set
Watco Danish oil
Freud 10" Dado stack
DEWALT DW734 Planer
Swanson Speed Square

The Book:
Workbenches - Chris Schwarz