Workbenches around the world, Moravian workbench in Sweden

The BA student Anton Nilsson at the programme for "Bygghantverk" in Mariestad in Sweden has made a workbench for his final thesis. In Sweden this is called  "kandidatexamen. Photo: Anton Nilsson
The student Anton Nilsson at the programme for Building Crafts (Bygghantverk) in Mariestad, Sweden. He made a workbench during the Individual Specialisation Course in Building Craftsmanship. In Sweden this is called “Hantverksfördjupning». The bench are 88 cm high. Photo: Anton Nilsson

It has been a while since our last post in English here on our blog. We have got a category for English language posts that could make it more easy to read for English speaking readers. I have also made a small introduction for this blog in English. When we started this blog we where expecting only readers from our Nordic countries. Most of our readers so far, are from English speaking countries, but we have had readers from 92 countries around the world. How all theese can get something out of our Norwegian or Swedish texts, are a mystery? I enjoy reading the blogs that you readers are wrinting. There is a lot of interesting and useful stuff about workbenches. Some of this is also important for us so we can understand our own tradition in a better way. In this post I will present a new workbench made after a instruction on an American blog. We where, and still are, mainly interested in workbenches and «snikkarhandverk» as we find it in Norway and Sweden. We are still going to write mainly in Norwegian and Swedish but you are more than welcome to comment and ask questions in English.

Anton Nilsson (you can contact him on FB by clicking his name) is a student at Gothenburg University in Sweden. He is following a  programme called Building crafts «Bygghantverk» in Mariestad and Tomas Karlsson has been his teacher in joinery, «Snickeri». Anton wanted to build a workbench as his personal study in joinery. He wanted a workbench that where portable and easy to set up and dismantle. He would also like the bench to be as stable as possible without beeing to heavy. The very interesting workbench from Vasa did not fill any of theese requirements and was therefore not an option. Instead he found a description of The Moravian Workbench written by Will Myers. Myers found the original bench in Old Salem, a museum in North Carolina in USA. The bench construction seems to be made so that it easily can be dismantled and possible to transport.

So far it seems that the bench works as it should and Anton are owner of a portable workbench he can bring to any worksite. I still think that the most important is what he learned along the way. It is very interesting to make your own workbench and think though the details when you work. We have posted lately of portable and smaller workbenches and there is more to come. Some of the recent posts with portable benches:

Låg arbeidsbenk på Sogn Folkemuseum

Høvelbenk på Meldal bygdemuseum

Samanleggbar høvelbenk, eller stavklombre

Roald snikrar høvelbenk, modell Helberg i Bardu

About Roald Renmælmo

Snikkar med fokus på handverkstradisjon og handverktøy. Universitetslektor og PhD stipendiat på NTNU i Trondheim. Eg underviser på tradisjonelt bygghandverk og teknisk bygningsvern og restaurering.

6 tankar på “Workbenches around the world, Moravian workbench in Sweden

  1. I understand most of what’s going on in your posts because I can right-click and «Translate to English». It doesn’t work very well, but as a woodworker, I can figure out the rest. Woodworking is universal. The language barrier won’t stop me…

  2. I use google translate in Chrome. I just right click and select «translate to english» like Kinder hook. I get weird stuff sometimes but most of it I can decipher. This is what I got last post: «I looked soon that here was not doubt that we have to perform using sneaky guy’s chin to putting carpenter’s bench. It’s great that the blog can be beneficial to people other than us insidious wizards. »

    Insidious Wizards? I had a chuckle about that one.

    Love the blog. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Is the back of the chop secured to the leg in any way? I built my moravian bench with similar hardware for the leg vice, but the leg vice started splitting the top after a few weeks.

    1. Hello Patrick!
      No, I didn’t secure the vice in any way to the leg. I figured that the 25 mm mortise and tenon in ash and oak would do the work to keep it stable. So far I have not noticed that the design is deficient. What type of material did you choose for the bench-top?


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