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Projects #9: John White FWW Workbench - Miscellaneous Tasks

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Blog entry by Jeff posted 08-14-2007 05:36 AM 5747 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have just about finished the bench. As it is right now, everything is functioning and I have moved it over to the actual work area. Tasks completed include:
1) Mounted clips on the stretcher for the face clamps;
2) Drilled holes in the bars of the face clamps so they can be adjusted with speed pins;
3) Milled and mounted the drop-in clamping blocks for the tail vice clamps (used in the well);
4) Cut and mounted the planing wedge to the front rail.

Here are the pics.
face clamps mounted on stretcher


clamping blocks in the well


I don’t have a pic of the planing wedge but it’s pretty straightforward. I’ll post one when I get the secondary support for the top of the planing beam made. This secondary support (added as an afterthought by John White and is discussed in the FWW video) and an clamping block to straddle the face clamp is all that is outstanding. Those, and a finish of some sort to preserve the wood a little. I’m also considering using some hardwood scraps for a facing all the way around the edge to give it a little nicer finished look as well as for protection.

Future entries will be about a much-needed cabinet I plan to build for storage. The cabinet will roll under the back part of the bench and be flush with the stretcher. There will also be entries for ideas I have for jigs on the well inserts. The first being a sharpening station for my irons and chisels.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN



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#1 posted 08-14-2007 01:40 PM

Congrats Jeff…beautiful bench. Definitely going to be the 1st bench I build. I can’t think of any other design that would fit into how I work better than this. Great job.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#2 posted 08-14-2007 11:54 PM

Thanks, Bob. I started making a modification to my sketchup last night but got the boot for other pressing job-related issues from my sweetie. Soon though.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 08-17-2007 05:52 AM

Jeff – I like the idea of the hardwood edging…and good work getting this (nearly) completed! Look forward to the cabinet design and jigs, etc…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 08-17-2007 06:02 AM

Thanks, Dorje. I’m anxious to make that cabinet but much more anxious to give the bench a workout. I’m getting a little pressure to do more family things as the dog days are here though. That’s fine, my golf game and a trip to our local fancy-smancy amusement park are cool diversions… With this bench I can work into the late fall without worrying about stressing the motors of the power tools anyway.

How’s the hand?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#5 posted 08-17-2007 08:50 PM

I’m sure you’ll give the bench a workout making the cabinet! Plenty of time for everything, eh? Doesn’t always feel that way…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 10-22-2009 05:17 AM

Jeff,
I’m using your excellent photos and blog to help make my bench. Now that you’re over two years away from making the bench, what would you do differently?
I do have a question that I need help with. The plans call for the well to be 3” deep. How do you fit two levels of 1/2” pipe and the 3/4 mdf in the 3” space” How much space did you have under the face vise holes and the bottom edge of the well. I’m planing on making a face go around my bench to give it a finished look. You mentioned that you were thinking about doing that, did you?
I’m also considering making a bottom for the well so I can store “stuff” in there. What do you think of that idea?
Can we have a photo of the finished bench?

-- Life is short...we should hurry to do good.

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#7 posted 10-22-2009 06:29 AM

reymundo42,

Just wanted to let you know I got the email notification about your post. I’ve been a little busy with things lately but will address your questions shortly as I do have some input. It might even be worthy of a few extra entries to this blog. Thanks for asking.

Short answers:
1/2” + 1/2” plus small gap, say 1/4” = 1 1/4 plus 3/4 = 2 inches. There’s room. The MDF rides on the long pipes. However, I would not go that route again.

Edge Facing – never did add it. I wouldn’t waste your time unless you want to show it off. It’s a bench meant for working. I will say this, if you trim it out, do NOT make the trim thicker than the bench top at the back. It will hamper clamping greatly.

Bottom to the well – after the supports and pipes are in there, there’s not much room left and the well is covered 90% of the time. This said, it could just be my work style. I still think you would find it cramped. How long is your bench?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#8 posted 10-22-2009 06:43 AM

Looks great

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 10-22-2009 06:51 AM

reymundo,

I posted this link on the project page as a comment but thought you might see it here first.

flikr set

It has some photos of the pipes going in the well and how they are situated.
-Jeff

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 10-22-2009 04:53 PM

Jeff,
I was going to make my bench 8’ with an 80” stretcher, but am considering 7’, what do you suggest? I was going to move the legs inward 8” on each end and make the stretcher 80” instead of 91”
The original FWW bench had the legs inset a bit but the new plans call for the legs to be flush with the end. What do you think about the positioning of the legs? I’m ready to cut the stretcher to length tonight. Sooooooooo 8’ or 7’, which is the best length? I’m a little cramped for space and can’t ever think of needing to clamp anything longer then 6’

-- Life is short...we should hurry to do good.

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#11 posted 10-23-2009 02:07 AM

reymundo,

Make the bench as long as you can and still be able to get around it. I don’t have mine up against a wall. I like to be able to use all the sides as necessary.

As for the plan to move the legs flush with the ends, that will limit clamping on the ends. You might think this is trivial but I personally have found myself clamping items at the ends a lot because I have two sides I can work on. Great for chisel activity, using a block plane for different sides for quick chamfers, etc. The list goes on. I would not make them completely flush with the ends. Eight inches might be more than you need too. It sort of depends on the clamps you use often I guess. I have some deep throat f-style besseys that I like and if I had leg assemblies flush with the ends, I couldn’t use them as effectively. It might work nicely for Irwin or standard f-style clamps that don’t have as deep of a reach though. Personally, I would give myself a little room at the ends.

Ultimately, the widest stance of the legs will help to minimize wracking. I have not done it yet but want to add a second stretcher to the thinner set of supports (at the back) in the leg assemblies. This will also cut down on wracking if you are using hand tools at all. It will also add a little heft to this bench which is pretty light.

Hope this is helpful.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#12 posted 10-23-2009 03:32 AM

Jeff,
I’ll keep that in mind and post some photos of the process thus far. Can you tell me how to create a photo album and continue to add to it as I build the bench. Or do I need to wait until I’m finished and then post all the photos at once. I love LJ and the way I’m notified when I get a message, This place is great!

-- Life is short...we should hurry to do good.

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