Working with wood has a prerequisite of holding the wood while you work on it, even if the holding mechanism is your hand or another part of your body.
I’m currently reading this book:
It was written by Scott Landis and published in 1998 by Taunton Press (funny, I seem to be building up a collection of their books). The book sets out the development of the woodworking bench and then looks at a large range of benches currently in use in some detail. I’m looking to rebuild my workbench in Strid as it’s a bit too rough and ready to work the tail vice properly, and I have a very tempting half butt of beech just asking to be milled for the job.
My old one (unmodified) was like this .
I’m also hankering after a dumbhead shaving horse, which get some good exposure in Landis’ book.
two more chestnut benches;
4 walking staffs;
internal dog gate and panel;
mend a Suffolk trug handle;
possible bike shed;
High Head green gathering ;
Get charcoal forge in operation;
harden and temper Bohemian bearded axe;
and so it gos on … makes me tired just thinking about it!