(Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by Nathan Breidinger who was kind enough to translate the student workbench into SketchUp and provide those files here for anyone interested in building one. Many thanks to Nathan.
The files are linked below and are free for your use. We only ask that if you use them, you do so with attribution and without fee.
I know this term has perhaps been overused recently but I think it’s an appropriate subject to discuss here today.
I was reading through my blog roll the other day and I came across an article here at the Daily Skep by Jim McConnell about a student bench that he was building. The first sentence was, in essence, an apology for not having a SketchUp model available for readers because that’s not really a skill he possessed.
I’m not saying that I’m a SketchUp expert but I decided I had passable enough skills to knock this out in about a half an hour, so here it is:
Feel free to us it in anyway you see fit. I’d also like to point out that I did not design this bench. I took some liberties with the measurements based on the photos that were posted, but I think it will get you to where you want to go.
So, why bring up community? I don’t know Jim. I’ve never met him in person. I know from his blog and Instagram that we’ve attended some of the same events, like WIA and Handworks. I’ve also read some reviews of his in Popular Woodworking. Yet we’ve never met. I felt compelled to add something that I had the skill to make to the amazing woodworking community that I’ve received so much from. Jim himself has added so much to the woodworking community and reader’s lives that it almost seemed like I had to add a little value to the community that’s enhanced my enjoyment of our shared craft.
Social media has gotten a bad rap lately and maybe it’s deserved, but let’s not forget the positive things that have come out of it. The woodworking community has been fueled by the onset of the Internet. There are so many people adding so much additional value and depth to people’s lives that it’s hard to fathom. I’ve made “real life” friends simply because of this community and an untold number of “online friends” whom I interact with on an almost daily basis even though we know nothing about each other except that we love woodworking.
I love woodworking. I love hand tools. I love the searching out of hand tools at flea markets and antique malls. I also love vintage machinery (or “old arn” in that community’s vernacular) and I love restoring old tools and old machines. I enjoy all of these things almost as much as woodworking itself and there are communities of people with those interests too.
I encourage you to get involved. Add to the conversation. Add value by lending your unique perspective and talents to it. You never know what you’ll get back but I can assure you that your life will be enriched because of it.