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Project by NedB posted 08-17-2012 01:24 AM 3035 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I had posted this here, but according to Joe, I managed to skip doing so…

Newfangled bench from the fine woodworking design, built it about 3 or 4 years back… it is a fine workhorse of a bench. 5’ long. I’m no galoot, so I haven’t added the planing support board or the bird’s mouth planing stop…. yet. They are on my to do list though.

frist two images are when I built it.

the third is how it looks now… piled with stuff in my shop… and

lastly is yours truly, happy that I finally cleared enough room in the shop last month to move it inside (it had been out in the elements for a couple of weeks)

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com





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#1 posted 08-17-2012 03:20 AM

Looks pretty good…

I’m planning on making mine about 5’ long also…

I think it’s a pretty cool bench…

I also like the planing hook/vise for holding wood for planing, etc…

You don’t use those little spacers to fill-in over the pipe clamps?

Thank you for posting it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 12:27 PM

As with all of these benchs Ned, They are just functional. No Roubo for sure but inexpensive to build and they just get the job done in many ways that some other benches don’t. As you’ve found out.

You’re right at the point where you could take a 2×6, cut a couple of long slot the width of the pipes and slip it onto the pipe clamp ends. It would take a few minutes to do so.

I’m building some larger stuff now and wish I had a larger shop to have had a larger bench.

Joe, I found that the spacers above the pipe clamps weren’t necessary either. The narrow 3/4 plywood or mdf (I’ve used both) is tough enough that it doesn’t sag or give when I use the bench. And the upside is that they’re not in the way all the time either.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 01:20 PM

Joe, if you mean the spinners to support the MDF? no need. The holes are carefully placed so that the MDF is 1/8” under the pine, if that much… and the pipes are right there holding them up, so they don’t sag at all.

Yep, I’m that close… I just don’t to manual planing… or sawing hardly at all, so haven’t felt the urge to complete that part. I will have to tear into at least one of the legs however. can’t turn the clamp sideways to hold up the support board, need to disassemble the one leg, turn the clamp pad and then put it all back together.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 08-17-2012 01:35 PM

I see, you can’t spin the clamp around. If you cut the slot tight around the pipe I’ll bet it would hold up alright.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 08-17-2012 03:01 PM

This is great. When I first saw the bench in fine woodworking, I thought it just might be a great bench…but I didn’t have the guts to build it, and find it wasn’t. The traditional workbench’s you see so much work done on, that you kind of drawn to build one just like (insert favorite celebrity woodworker name here) has…

I’m very interested to see how you use it, is it as flexible as it promises to be? Good enough? Can you do serious planning of a board on it? Stuff like that. Is it heavy enough to not move when your working on a piece?

Al

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#6 posted 08-17-2012 03:30 PM

I hope this works for you…

The original video by John White of Fine Woodworking.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#7 posted 08-17-2012 03:39 PM

BigAl, Positive answers to all your questions. It is as versatile as it is advertised to be. I’ve actually dropped the side rail down to the floor and placed a screen door I made in it to plane. My Kreg pocket hole jig, My worksharp 3000, My old metal vise, all are mounted on a square foot section of mdf and replace a section of the top on the center. So, I can mount any one of these in place to work with.

I changed the design and added a lot of wood to the leg structures so the weight is substantial. The original fine woodworking design didn’t have this. But then the bench was 8 feet long so it probably didn’t need it.

The best thing is that I don’t have a $400 bench that I made to look like a piece of furniture. I bang on it, glue it up, write measurements to remember on it, and throw things on it.

My best answer to your question is, If I had a super celebrity bench, I’d have to be careful. That would make it almost unusable to me. I need to be able to bang it around knowing it didn’t cost much to make and I can replace the top if I ever want to. for about 20 bucks.

My blog, where Ned came from has links to Fine woodworking’s video, plans and my slideshow for the build.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 08-17-2012 08:21 PM

Al, for the money invested that is just about the ideal bench. It is designed from the get go to be able to handle the classic clamping and planing tasks, without breaking the bank. I think all told, including buying 4 ‘fancy’ rockler pipe clamp sets I was out under $200. Your mileage and costs may vary, but that’s a bargain in my book.

I’m no galoot, but I would have to say that it has handled everything I’ve thrown at it with ease.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 08-18-2012 02:03 PM

Joe, I just re-read your post… and you were asking if I used the spacers… I do normally keep the MDF (old growth of course…) panels in there. That shot showing the gap was taken to show where my new router table is designed to ‘live’ when in use. Of course I haven’t managed to Put it into use yet…

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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#10 posted 08-18-2012 03:15 PM

Ned, I think Joe was talking about the twist blocks in video of the fine woodworking bench over the pips to take up the space between the pipes and the top of the removable bench sections.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 08-18-2012 04:14 PM

I was thinking about the spacers... not the twisting pieces… I didn’t notice that the twisting pieces were not there…

The twist blocks that I’m referring to are the pieces that are UNDER the pipes (to support the pipes) that have to be twisted to enable the clamp end pieces to slide past them.

Are we saying that the pipes do not need to be supported; ergo, twisting pieces not required?

I can see if the pipes were at the right height, the spacers would rest on the pipes just fine… but David used a rabbet in the bench edges to support the spacers, not relying on the pipes to hold them up (is that right, David?).

Ned, do you have a Bench-mounted Router Table that you clamp onto the bench?
... sounds like a good use of the bench!! (might be a little high though??)
David’s use of having a metal vice block clamped to the bench sounds great too!
It’s open to your imagination as to what & how you clamp to the bench! Very flexible!

I had some 3/4” pipe clamp pieces that I got way back… Noticed that John White used 1/2” pipes (which are much larger than 1/2” O.D.) so, I got some pipe 1/2” clamp pieces… Now, I’m torn between the two! David used 3/4”.
Using 3/4” pipe, I thought the holes (every 6” or so), being much larger than 1/2” pipe, would weaken the bench… is this an issue?

Very interesting.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#12 posted 08-18-2012 07:27 PM

Joe, At 5’, I never bothered to install the spacers. Haven’t noticed a lack.

And yes, look on my projects for my recent benchtop router table. Built from the get-go to fit into the well of the bench.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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#13 posted 08-19-2012 12:34 AM

Very good… I remember that… Just didn’t connect it to the NewFangled bench… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#14 posted 08-22-2012 12:58 AM

Nice Newfangled Bench!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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