Tool thoughts #14: New fangled Bench

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Blog entry by NedB posted 03-23-2009 06:03 AM 2113 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Add me to the list of fans of the Jim White Newfangled workbench. I stopped at my local lumber yard today and picked up several 2×4x12’ boards. Then I headed up to Jim Capozzi’s shop where we dressed the boards and cut almost all of the major parts to size, I didn’t bring my 2×8 with me or I”m sure we’d have gotten ALL of the parts cut. I just looked at Ben’s bench blog, and realized I need to cut two more back bench support pieces, That’s not bad considering we were working from only the photo published in Taunton’s Workbench book. I’ve studied the plans so many times over the past 5 months or so that I have a very clear image in my mind of the cut-list. I have to glue up three boards, & do some assembly. I also have to go buy 4 pieces of 3/4 in Galvanized pipe, as well as a sheet of 3/4” MDF. Once I do that, I’ve got to drill a couple of holes in two of the pipe clamps, to secure them to the end of the bench, then drill all of the holes for the pipes, the through holes for the main pipes, the ‘trapped’ holes to hold the vertical pieces, as well as the through holes to hold the eventual cross clamps.
I”ve got an entire set of Rockler pipe clamps assembled for the project, though Iif I can locate a pair of pony clamps I have somewhere in storage, I might switch them out at a later date. no pics yet, but it is basically just a pile of lumber at this point.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 03-23-2009 01:21 PM

Nice project, I built one and really enjoy using it…I just love the beam it comes in handy. Enjoy building and using Blkcherry

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#2 posted 03-23-2009 02:51 PM

Ned, it sounds like you have gotten off to a good start. A quality bench, such as you are building, is a tool that is nearly a necessity for most of us. It will be interesting to see this bench develop. Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-23-2009 03:15 PM

Nice start, you is going to love that shop.

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#4 posted 03-23-2009 08:13 PM

Thanks guys, I’ve got a bunch of shop projects started, Now I need that stick Tuit to finish them off. My plan this week is to find a better solution to storing some drywall sheets I got for a song. Right now they’re taking up valuable wall and Floor space. Once I get rid of them I should have room for the John White bench. Either that, or one of my existing benches gets torn down. (That actually is a good thing, I tend to clutter them instead of using them… so less horizontal space for awhile might make a cleaner shop)

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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