My New-Fangled Work Bench

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Project by Tim Scoville posted 08-25-2020 04:45 PM 1486 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Retired down to AZ and my workshop has gone from an oversized two-car garage to a half of a two-car garage that is normally at ambient temperatures hovering above 100F during the summer. I have wanted to make this since I first saw it in Fine Woodworking magazine around 1999. I didn’t invest in plans, just roughly scaled the isometric supplied by the original article. I cut it to 7 feet long, added another stretcher and a shelf that the original didn’t have. I increased the width by another 2×4 as well. I think I’m going to enjoy it. The top is not especially flat so I need to monkey around with that a bit, then plane if needed.

Thanks for looking.

-- Tim S, AZ

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#1 posted 08-25-2020 06:39 PM

Nice workbench. Looks functional.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 08-25-2020 06:50 PM

Thanks. I am anticipating doing more work with hand tools, assembly, etc., so it should be helpful for that.

-- Tim S, AZ

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#3 posted 08-25-2020 08:55 PM

Sweet! Looks really solid!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-25-2020 09:01 PM

It is pretty solid and it should hold well when doing hand planing, scraping, and assembly.

-- Tim S, AZ

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#5 posted 08-26-2020 12:22 AM

Bench looks nice and I presume it will be functional. I am stumped about what appears to be pipe clamps in the center and only one line of holes for the dogs.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 08-26-2020 12:27 AM

You have been busy! ... playing in the workshop!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#7 posted 08-26-2020 01:26 AM


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 08-26-2020 01:39 AM

That’s great. I have always liked the engineering of the new fangled workbench but have never taken the time to make one.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 08-26-2020 03:38 AM

Nice Bench Tim, I hope it helps you make many beautiful things!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#10 posted 08-26-2020 03:44 PM

Many people are not familiar with the design of this bench. If you want to know more about the design and how it is used, check out this link for the video.

There are no bench dogs used with this although no real reason you couldn’t add them. The entire bench is made of soft woodthat would be a consideration I think.

-- Tim S, AZ

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