Ponderings #31: H.O. Studley was a freak of nature

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 10-07-2011 12:37 PM 10324 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Most folks who love woodworking have seen the H.O. Studley tool chest. Well, Christopher Schwarz has been dropping video after video of it. He’s actually there, with others, to document the chest for a book slated to come out in 2013. Yes, it’s already on my list to buy. I’d pay now for the book.

I never thought I could be as blown away by anything as that chest…until Schwarz posted this:

Wow. Now that, my friends, is an incredibly looking bench. Of course, I have to ask – as I did in the comments – if Studley ever built a piano or just tweaked his tool chest and bench. These are absolutely incredible works for practical art that should, if nothing else, remind us of what all can be accomplished with wood and some hand tools.

I encourage you to check out the slide show of Schwarz’s pictures of the bench. Absolutely incredible.

Edited to add that I misread Schwarz’s post. The based was modeled after the chest, but was added later. A shame too…but it’s still amazing either way.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 02:55 PM

Studly must have had help from the Gods.
The vise and dogs are incredible.
Schwartz does good camera work (if he’s the photog). At any rate, bringing Studly’s work to us in a book, with his woodworking knowledge coloring the text, will be awesome.
Many thanks for posting this. I’ll certainly be watching for Schwartz’s book.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 03:03 PM

Insane. What are those vises made of? I shutter to ask. I know Leach’s are cast iron but this looks like something quite different.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 03:10 PM


I’m not sure what the core metal is, but they’re all nickle plated. And, I’m loving it too :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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