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Match That Workbench Contest

05/24/2010

With lots of interest in early workbenches infiltrating the blogs of Chris Schwarz and Peter Follansbee I started writing my own entry on some workbench observations I had (which will appear soon). In the process of research I looked through the Diderot Encyclopedia (1751- 1777) to see what they had to say. Lots of workbenches, sort of all the same, but sort of different. The only common thread I see is they all seem to use a lot of holdfasts. Anyway before I comment on anything I thought it might be fun to have a little contest. Prize: 1 holdfast delivered free anywhere in the USA. All you have to do is post a comment that matches up the picture letters to the craft numbers. The contest will be open for three days after this post at which time I'll post a winner. Post your answers as a comment. First correct answer wins. Remember: Looking up the answers in Diderot is CHEATING - so don't do it.

Here are 7 pictures of workbenches, and twelve trades. MATCH THEM UP!!!! (it's not easy and I have cropped the pictures to remove obvious clues and of course you have some extra trades here just to confuse everything).







AB
CD
EF
G
Choices:
1 - Box Making
2 - Cabinetmaking and Marquetry
3 - Carpentry (as distinct from joinery)
4 - Carriage Making
5 - Case Making
6 - Chest, Case, and Trunk Making
7 - Clog Making (wooden shoes)
8 - Framing (pictures)
9 - Joinery, Cabinetmaking and Marquetry
10 - Musical Instrument Making (Lutherie)
11 - Wood Engraver
12 - Sawyer (lumber trades)


PS. Sorry for the distortion in the photos - the pages weren't flat - the workbenches are.


Join the conversation
05/24/2010 Bob
Fun idea!
1:D
2:E
3:C
4:F
5:
6:B
7:
8:
9:G
10:
11:
12:A
05/24/2010 Michael D.
Not positive, but it's always worth to gander a guess!

a-12 b-2 c-4 d-3 e-1 f-5 g-9
05/24/2010 Al R.
A:1
B:8
C:3
D:10
E:4
F:11
G:2

My poor guesses, but what the heck....
05/24/2010 Mike M.
Great blog, here are my guesses (and it is guessing completely).

A-12, B-2, C-3, D-5, E-10, F-11, G-9.
Nice engravings. Tough contest, but here goes:

a-6, b-10, c-11, d-4, e-3, f-8, g-9
05/24/2010 Badger http://badgerwoodworks.com
I'm looking forward to the post, those are some great shots of workbenches.

Here are guesses.

A - 6 - Chest, Case, and Trunk Making
B - 10 - Musical Instrument Making (Lutherie)
C - 2 - Cabinetmaking and Marquetry
D - 4 - Carriage Making
E - 3 - Carpentry (as distinct from joinery)
F - 11 - Wood Engraver
G - 9 - Joinery, Cabinetmaking and Marquetry
05/24/2010 Stuart Hough
Here goes!
A:5
B:8
C:12
D:10
E:6
F:1
G:9
05/25/2010 Marty Reser
A-3,B-2,C-12,D-5,E-9,F-10,G-6????
05/25/2010 Andrew Gibson
a=9
b=10
c=12
d=8
e=9
f=1
g=2

This is hard. I would be suprised if I got any of them right.
05/26/2010 D.Kull
a-4
b-10
c-12
d-9
e-2
f-11
g-3
05/26/2010 D.McCammon
a-1
b-2
c-11
d-5
e-4
f-9
g-6
05/26/2010 Steve Kay
A - 2
B - 1
C - 4
D - 10
E - 9
F - 5
G - 6
05/26/2010 Eric
A - 6
B - 1
C - 4
D - 5
E - 2
F - 11
G - 9
05/27/2010 Mark smith
a.3
b.8
c.12
d.4
e.6
f.11
g.9
THE CONTEST IS CLOSED!!!
good luck to all the contestants, I will post an answer key and announce a winner over the weekend in a new blog entry.
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