John White's new-fangled workbench #4: Everything but the trim?

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Blog entry by ben posted 01-24-2008 06:11 AM 9245 reads 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, this baby has already been put to use. It’s actually been in this condition for 2 weeks, but I hadn’t gotten around to snapping the pics.

It’s functionally done, although there are 4 small things I will be doing before calling it done:

1. Drill the speed-pin holes in the face-clamp bars (was planning to do it tonight, until I realized I don’t have a large enough bit for drilling metal).

2. Add a planing hook. That should take all of 15 minutes.

3. Cut a few appropriately sized blocks for clamp guards on both clamp setups.

4. Add another stretcher at the same height, so that I can throw a couple tool totes below (mainly planning to store my planes there). I have the stretcher already thicknessed and ripped to width, just need to cut to length, drill/cut the relief out and install it.

Finally, in the spring, I will plane/scrape/sand it down and apply 2 coats of BLO to it. Until then, I’ve only done a bit of nominal scraping to smooth the surface, as is obvious in this pic of the staggered cherry top:

Once I finish those, it goes from blog to project :-)


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#1 posted 01-24-2008 06:13 AM

Looks good to me. Great job!

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

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#2 posted 01-24-2008 06:24 AM

Great looking bench.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-24-2008 01:00 PM

That is a nice looking bench. I am glad to see some sawdust on the floor as well. A shop should look like it is being used.

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

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#4 posted 01-24-2008 02:46 PM

looking great!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 01-24-2008 02:52 PM

Ben, that is sweet looking.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 01-24-2008 04:56 PM

That is a very cool design.

-- Hope Never fails

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#7 posted 01-24-2008 11:25 PM

Nice and sturdy bench. Great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-25-2008 09:55 AM

I like the set up of the New Fangled Bench, I have been planning on building one myself. I like the use of the Cherry, nice touch
You’ll have to keep us posted on how you like working on the new bench.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#9 posted 04-18-2008 05:39 PM

Ben, how do you like using this bench?


-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#10 posted 04-18-2008 08:27 PM

really cool. I like the design.

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 04-20-2008 01:43 AM


So far, it’s been a pleasure to use. My biggest problem is keeping my junk off of it, but that has nothing to do with its design. Thus far I haven’t done enough hand work to really appraise its function, but I’ve liked it so far.


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