I've been looking through the Diderot Encyclopedia (1751- 1777) doing research on workbenches. I've found lots of images of workbenches, all similar yet different; each was designed to help execute a specific trade. The only common thread I see is they all seem to use a lot of holdfasts.
Anyway, before I expound on these, I thought it might be fun to have a little contest. Here are seven photos of workbenches, and beneath that I'll list twelve trades (five extras just to confuse you). See if you can match the trade to the bench, and provide the list in the comments.
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Sorry for the distortion in the photos! The pages weren't flat, the workbenches presumably were.
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)
I'll sound off on the benches in the next entry.
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