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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 12-29-2017 06:42 AM 640 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2017 06:42 AM

I’m thinking of building this bench, which is a hybrid of the new-fangled workbench with one element borrowed from the 21st century workbench. I’ll need the bench to support

- hand tools
- clamping in all directions (new fangled excels at this)
- disposable surfaces for drilling (new fangled supports this)
- tool storage during project work that I can flip over to make a solid surface for planing (21st century provides this)
- assembly table: might use a removable hardboard skin or just wax the bench so I don’t get a lot of glue droppings I can’t easily remove.
- enough weight so that it doesn’t move while planing (bench is only 5 to 6 feet long and so I’ve added 4×4s where John White used 2×4s in the base
- a shelf, hence double, parallel stretchers in place of White’s single 2×4. This might become closed cabinets instead of a shelf.

The back section has the 21st century tool trays. The front section would be where the new fangled tail vise clamps run.

I’m thinking of using some mortises and tenons where White used screw joinery beacuse, well, this is my hobby and why not use the opportunity to practice my skills? On the base I’d like to use a wedged blind dovetail tenon that I will trim flush—learned this in a community college class on Japanese joinery and found it very attractive and strong especially with regard to racking.

Feedback welcome!

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#1 posted 12-29-2017 06:43 AM

Oh, and I figured I’d put the rear 2×4s on end rather than on face (as White does in new fangled) to get some extra mass. The rest of the top would end up as MDF (the disposable cover for the tail vise) and plywood (when flipping the tool boxes to get the solid surface (as 21st century does).

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#2 posted 12-29-2017 08:26 AM

I assume the gizmo in front is a board jack for edge planing but there doesn’t seem to be a hook to catch the board. If you wanted to clamp a board on end, say to hand cut into the end grain, how would you do that on this bench?
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