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    New-Fangled Workbench

    Thoughts? I'm thinking I need to replace my current bench. I like John White's "New-Fangled Workbench" from Fine Woodworking Nov/Dec 99. I might replace the stretcher with a cabinet. I hate to give up that much potential stroage space.


    Please note: I drew a SketchUp model of John White's New Fangled Bench. Since making this post back in January I have had several hundred requests for the SketchUp model. The model is available from Fine Woodworking along with a plan for building it. October, 2009
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    Pipe clamps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Page View Post
    Pipe clamps?
    That's what John White used on his. The front vise clamps can be put in through any of a number of holes so the front vise can be a variety of widths. The sliding jaws for those clamps support the planing rail making it height adjustable. The end vise clamp pipes run the length of the bench and any or all of the lift out panels can be removed or replaced as needed so that any size piece can be clamped up.
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    My thoughts on that design: No.

    I place things on my bench, far more than I clamp them with the tail vise.
    I pound things on my bench, far more than I clamp them with the tail vise.
    IMHO, the way I use the bench, I'd hate all those light lift-out panels. I'd rather have the front 8-12 inches be nice and solid.

    I would just make it solid and if money was an issue, slap a cheap metal face vise on the end as a tail vise. If money were less an issue, I would like to get the veritas twin-screw vise. (haven't used one, but would like one.)

    When I built my bench, I simplified the construction by making the front 8" out of 1-3/4" thick strips of maple, and the back 18" out of two pieces of plywood laminated together. I have found this to be very workable to me. My only wish would be for it to be even heavier. (every now and then I consider attaching it to the stud wall behind it in my basement shop. But I worry about sound transmission going up through the wall members.)
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    Thought for sure I was going to see some more stainless steel when I saw the thread title.

    Seriously - what's the purpose of the jog in height on the far end?
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    Thanks Art. Things to consider.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Shepard View Post
    Thought for sure I was going to see some more stainless steel when I saw the thread title.

    Seriously - what's the purpose of the jog in height on the far end?
    I was trying to figure out how to include some stainless in there.

    There's no jog in height at the far end. The lift out panels weren't drawn all the way to the end.
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    Dave,

    I agree, that bench looks really interesting. Also, it wouldn't cost that much to built relative to other designs.

    Watching the planing beam in use on the website video on Fine Woodworking's website really got me thinking about how nice it would be to have one. It's just not something that you see very often.

    My main concern was racking given the single stretcher and the removable panels. Though the author mentioned that it's been solid after years of use.

    Are you planning to use construction grade lumber to build it?

    BTW, nice sketchup rendering as always.

    -Kevin

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    Thanks Kevin. As far as lumber, I don't know for sure. I was thinking of maple for the top and oak for the base.

    Alan, thank you for the comments. I thought about the lightness of the bench. I guess a cabinet underneath, as I mentioned, would help that.
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