New Fangle Work Bench

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Project by eddie posted 04-15-2012 01:56 AM 8094 views 23 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

finely a descent work bench.this was my old bench

and now have a shop with air, its to hot in Louisiana to do much wood working out side in a open carport especially in august. went with this is John Whites “NEW FANGLE WORKBENCH” design of Fine WoodWorking magazine i looked at a lot really wanted the roboe one that the woodwhisper is building maybe latter if i run into some funding thats the one i want so i went with this one because its versital ,has pleanty of clamping and vises plus it was low cost to build and is geared toward hand tools.there are a lot of post of these on this site ,some very good ones i would like to thank Dan craftsman on the lake for his post

his posting ; and slide show was a big aid, of his build i pretty much went with some of his modification on the leg and top removable wedge .but mostly john whites he designed a very stable bench i thought it may not be strong .but its very sturdy, and have found that a 6’, r 7’, long vice comes into play sometimes i apologize for the mess in my shop but i did clean it up some.just finished it and had tools and shaving and saw dust every where.the legs are dougles fur ,which is what Mr. White called for in his plans but down here pine is mostly what is at hand .the feet are from a 4×6 treated pice of lumber that i salvaged somewhere the rest is just yellow pine. the leval in the planing beam is a line leval just knotched it in there.i put a electric plug bar at one end .this table is a little taller than the plans called for but im 6’4’’ i keep it at a comfortable working height.some of the builds i looked at the middle well they added a bottom to it for storage .thats what i was going to to do but by chance i was looking at LJs sister site Home Refubers and it was Dan doing some home repair for his sisters home using this bench and using the middle well for clamping so if you do one that open well comes in handy.i dont think i spent no more the a 150 $ on this the pipe and clamps were the most. i bought the plans from fine woodworking but have seen them on the net a lot there was a video of john white showing how vesital this bench is but i couldn’t fine it if any one has it could you put a link or send it to me’.and other LJs have some posted a lot of builds of it too.sorry for the pictures just dont have that eye for it .thanks for looking and any finishing tips would be most welcome

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#1 posted 04-15-2012 02:16 AM

looks real nice!

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 04:14 AM

Great looking bench.
As far as a finish for it; Ship it to me I’ll apply the finish for you!!! Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 04-15-2012 09:02 AM

Clever Eddie mate. Very cool!

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 10:12 AM

Hey Ed! Nice, nice job. Looks like in the picts it really worked out as a build for you. I still love mine. I’m glad you had the room to make the full length one. I’m making screen doors lately and I’ve wished I had an extra foot of bench.

Oh and thanks for the mention of my build. Means a lot. Enjoy!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 04-15-2012 11:37 AM

Lots of clamping options, the whole point of a stable workbench. Nice to see non-traditional approach.
LOVE the tiled floor, BTW.

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#6 posted 04-15-2012 03:04 PM

Neat workbench, cool design

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 04-15-2012 06:12 PM

thanks guys,

Dan ,good luck on those doors they look good so far what you have posted.

ChrisMc45 : love all the clamping of this bench,on the tile floor that’s probable going to come out as soon as i can get to it they are ceramic and saw dust get on it and it get slippy as a dance floor. been praying and working and getting martial together for a shop for a year r so but my last of five kids left the nest joined the navy and one nite it just dawned on me i got a shop already.took in the master bed room and converted it in to a shop its a big room ,my neighbors wife said i was crazy ,he liked the idea thou.but its like i told her my wife went to get some cheese burger 7 r 8 years ago and i don’t think she will be back :>).and i don’t need all this room now . that’s why there is still tile on the floor and got to get the rest of the wall paper down too thanks

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 04-15-2012 06:38 PM

Hey Eddie, that’s a nice size bench with great features. Glad it looks like a working tool and not like something out of a new car showroom.
Nice job and great usage of alternative components …...way to go.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 04-15-2012 06:48 PM

thanks Roger it will be a working tool ,just got some more skill to learn.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 04-15-2012 07:52 PM


You and Dan have really done GREAT jobs of building the New Fangled Workbench!

I like your Base better than the original.

I’ll have to think about that Side wedge modification.

This will be the next bench I make! No question about it.
I was going to make mine 5’ long so it can fit where I want to use it better… possibly a bedroom… not much room in the garage… still thinking about it.

Ever since I saw John White’s video on it, I just fell in love with it… It’s so down to earth… Functional!

Thank you for bringing my attention to it!

Nice COOL work! Especially the Base… has more room for storage, etc. LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 04-15-2012 09:05 PM

thanks Joe

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 04-15-2012 11:33 PM

thats one sweet bench eddie

and using the spare big bedroom
is great

might just as well
make yourself at home

my whole house is my shop
when the need arises

when someone comes to say hi
i blow off a chair
and move stuff on the table for them

just like the big city folks do

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 04-16-2012 12:06 AM

thanks patron at least now i know i’m not the only one that is useing extra room for a shop:>)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#14 posted 04-16-2012 01:19 AM

nice build, im sure you’ll get good use of it. I really like the design of this bench – and Dan’s work is really helpful. Hope to build a version of it some day.

It looks like your version is pretty close to the original one – can you comment on how it stands up to handtool work, especially serious planing? ;-)

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#15 posted 04-16-2012 01:32 AM

thanks AaronK im fairly new to this craft ,but hand planing and hand tool was the reason for this bench if you could find the video of john white using it that would show its use with hand planing. i looked for it but the magazine didn’t show it its been a few years ago when it was published.i had concerns of it not being stable but it is very strong and stable i hand planed a little on it to try out the vices and my old planes are not sharp and it held is and didn’t move i think it will hold up to some serious planing but to be on the safe side you may want to ask some of the other LJs that have build this one and have been using it a few years.i think Dan built his a few years ago thanks for the comment

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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