FWW Workbench/update

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Project by blackcherry posted 06-10-2008 05:39 PM 4988 views 19 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Progress in Mr. White’s New Fangled workbench…last pic showed the lower section completed and now I ‘ve added the top and all pipe clamps. I added a extra stretcher so that later I could add a tool tray or a cabinet to store all the extra excessories. Left on the list is to complete the planeing beam and the finish…thanks for viewing …Blkcherry

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#1 posted 06-10-2008 05:47 PM

THis is a very intiguing design. Did you come up with it yourself? If there is an article on this somewhere in one of the woodworking magazines, I’d love to read it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-10-2008 06:11 PM

Thats a real nice design.

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#3 posted 06-10-2008 07:54 PM

Neat looking bench. Cool design. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 06-10-2008 09:28 PM

Its called the New fangled workbench and is designed by one of the FWW editors. I am sure if you did a quick search for new fangled bench, you would be able to at least look at the article and see the design. It is a pretty cool bench design. It definitely makes one think.

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#5 posted 06-10-2008 10:35 PM

Hi Charlie, the design is by John White a editor of FWW as stated above. This bench has been made by a number of fellow jocks with their own mix of add on and varys designs. What makes this bench intriging is the strong number of ways projects can be clamp. If you or anyone is into handplaning I would take a special interest in viewing the artical and video on the Fine Woodworking web page. Recently FWW has offered a one year subscription for only 14 dollars and change and a l4 day free viewing of their site. Its a wealth of informantion as like this site. Hope this help Charlie good woodworking and thanks for viewing…Blkcherry

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#6 posted 06-11-2008 01:47 AM

Looks like you are making good progress.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 06-11-2008 03:46 PM

Charlie ….After seeing the video on the New Fangled Bench all is starting to make sense …and a really nice and functional design …

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#8 posted 10-29-2008 05:07 PM

I read the original FWW article and wasnt too impressed (mostly because I didnt understand the design). Once I saw the video however, I was sold! I would like to build one of these.
Is it heavy enough to stand up to planing tasks? Any changes you might make later on down the road?

-- Regards, Norm

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#9 posted 10-29-2008 06:46 PM

Hey Norm glad that you had a chance to take a look at this bench. It is plenty heavy enough to handle planing tasks. The floating front beam is the most useful part of the bench…it makes planing edge grain a snap…if I had to change anything is the height it about 2 inch to high for me…I stand about 5-10. My other concern is the pipe clamp in the well tien to bow upward when pressure is used in tightening up the clamps making the work piece rise up a tad off the work surface…so you have to apply downward pressure on the work piece when clamping down….I don’t know if this was my error in the constuction of the bench. Over all Norm this is a wonderful and inexpensive bench to have in a shop.

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#10 posted 10-29-2008 07:12 PM

Great, thanks for the info!
I don’t imagine there is too much you can change about your work piece sticking up a but due to having that long span for the pipe clamps other than using some downward pressure…Maybe shims underneath the table between the bar and the table top(which you would have to move constantly when changing the width of the clamps. Not really practical.

-- Regards, Norm

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