05 March 2014

System D

Looking at Pierre Ricaud's  Comment construire en bois (1985 for my edition, although most of it looks like 1960), I see only one page dedicated at the construction of a workbench. A French workbench by nature, even if I have seen  different models that are just as French.
The dimensions are mentioned,  more or less 200cm long, by 50cm deep and at least 6cm thick. The possible wood species: oak, hornbeam (is he from the Mulhouse area?), beech. Breadboard reinforcements (2) and (3). That's it,  where the book title states it's about how to build with wood, the rest of the text is about accessories. 
So? The right leg has a shadow,  are the legs not flush?  The joinery? The dimension of the legs? Can I go for archaic Roubo joinery? The height?  How do I fix the breadboards? Can I laminate the top?  ...  
All these questions are for the reader to answer,  they probably fall under System D (système D).  The D stands for démmerde or débrouille.  Démmerde is, I guess, the main action after the shit hits the fan and débrouille is to untangle,  but more specifically: you're on your own,  solve it . Here, up north we rather say tirer son plan (draw or pull your plan)
Système D (systemed.fr) with D from débrouillard is also or is it before all a DIY magazine since 1924.  Although, seeing the umbrella holder on the first cover, it's more likely the D from Dadaism.  Duchamps is it you?

The second holdfast (10) on the picture is interesting,  it's an hinged holdfast with a cammed handle, allowing to unlock and raise the holdfast in one movement.

A second page describes some extra clamping add-ons and two saw sharpening jigs,  one for band- and frame saw blades the other for circular saws; and a Zyliss.