News from Norway
It’s no secret. I’m intrigued by the skottbenk. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the skottbenk, it is a simple machine used for jointing long boards for things like flooring, clapboards, etc. And, if you’ve ever tried to joint an 8′ long board on a power jointer, you’ll immediately see the value of the skottbenk. It seems to be unique to Scandinavia, specifically Norway and Sweden. It is a design that has been around for centuries and even Leonardo DaVinci found the skottbenk so interesting that he drew up an “improved” design. But, for some reason, the skottbenk is not commonly seen in the U.S.
A Sketchup file on the type of skottbenk that Roald Renmælmo uses is available on his blog skottbenk.wordpress.com. In the same post, Roald provides a video showing the use of the skottbenk. Many readers will find the planes used in the process of particular interest.
I’ll be starting mine, as soon as the weather “breaks”.