21st Century/New-Fangled Workbench -- Fusion

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Project by _Steve posted 02-02-2011 03:30 AM 14075 views 26 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d like to thank Bob Lang and John White for their designs and contributions to the woodworking community.

I did a bunch of research on workbench designs and I narrowed it down to either the 21st Century Workbench (by Bob) or the New-Fangled Workbench (by John). I could find attributes in both I really liked. I am more of a machine tool kind-of-guy, but I’m shifting to using hand tools much more. I decided to integrate both benches into one. Also I’m left-handed and laid out the bench accordingly.

The top is made out of salvaged 6/4 Quarter sawn White Oak church pews I came across awhile back, which I got 14 pew seats/backs for $50.00 (gloat). I stripped, sanded, and leveled the pew stock and then face laminated two together to make the approximately 3” thick bench top. The legs and frame came from 8/4 Red Oak I had on the shelf.

Construction is mortise and tenon and pinned with Black Cherry square pegs influenced by Greene & Greene. Vintage Craftsman (made in USA) 10” x 12” vice mounted on the 21 Century side.

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 03:42 AM

That there is a pretty nice looking bench…..why can’t I ever fall into lumber deals like that. I guess I’ll just keep laminating my toothpicks together until I get enough for my bench

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 04:12 AM

interesting mix! I love the design of the New Fangled, but part of me wonders why it hasnt caught on as much. whether its just tradition or if there are more specific reasons. Yours actually seems more like the New Fangled, pretty much with the exception of the face vice and the joinery itself. otherwise, the pipe clamp vise, removable panels, adjustable pipe clamp jack and the wedge things… that’s all new fangled.

so anyway, more specifically: why did you go with the face vise instead of the pipe clamp face vise of the NF?

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 04:31 AM

hey there steve…wondering where you were…this is a fantastic bench…you did a wonderful the design and the wood…enjoy it…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 04:38 AM

Aaron, one thing I didn’t like about the New-Fangled was that to it seemed a bit light in the pants, not alot of weight to it. Also the vice I picked is a fast-acting and I really love how quick it is (can go from 4/4 to a 10” board in a second)compared to a twin screw or a pipe clamp face vice. Also if you remove 8 bolts and 4 wedges the bench will knock down for moving. Thanks for asking.

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 04:48 AM

yeah yours looks more than solid. fast acting is good. its faster than pipe clamps. thanks for the comments.

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 06:10 AM

Great bench indeed!
I like this “open” concept, dust cleaning is not an issue.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 02-02-2011 02:34 PM

Pretty cool bench design. I have seen that basid concept and you have made some nice modifications. I am curious about the pipe clam vice. What is the reason behind making it so that it is not flush with the table top? Did you make it that way for a specific reason? Also, do you intend to include some bench dog holes along the way? One last question, I notice that the jack system and face vise are on opposite ends than normal. I assume that is because you are left handed or did you do that for some specific reason also?


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 02-02-2011 03:04 PM

Doc, check out the new fangled workbench from FWW

some LJ’s have done it more according to the original plan, such as this one.

The idea behind using the pipe clamps is that they are cheap and expandable. You dont need dogs because the other end of the clamp can be freely positioned anywhere you want it along the length of you pipe – which is hidden underneath those removable panels along the center of the bench,.

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#9 posted 02-02-2011 04:05 PM

Doc, yes the reason for the layout is that I’m left-handed.

The pipe clamp vice are not flush with the table so there is space for the removable panels. When the pipe vice isn’t needed, you still have a large flat surface to work on.

There is one inherent problem with doing so. When using pipe clamps if the stock isn’t tight to the pipes, the leverage has a tendency to bow the pipe easier, which can lift the material off the top if a lot of force is applied. To help reduce this effect, I went with 3/4 inch pipe clamps instead of the 1/2 inch of the original design. They do quite well.

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#10 posted 02-02-2011 04:14 PM

Steve thats a nice looking workbench.

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#11 posted 02-08-2011 02:26 AM

It’s an impressive bench Steve. I’m just curious as to the final total weight? It doesn’t look like it would walk around while you are working on it. I like it!!!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 02-08-2011 04:36 AM

Hey John, To be honest, I have no clue of the total weight. It was very heavy to assemble. It still sits exactly where I originally placed it, when working on the bench, it seems like it’s anchored down, but it is just sits there.

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#13 posted 03-03-2012 05:54 AM

Sorry for getting here so late.
You got a very nice bench here, congrads.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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