New Fangled Workbench

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Project by RustySpur posted 08-27-2012 11:00 PM 6140 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my first real workbench. After months of agonizing over design, cost, and effort, I settled on John White’s New Fangled Workbench design (FWW, 1999). I am super impressed with the features and ease of use. I used 2×12 SYP from HD and ripped everything to width. I was a little too ambitious during the first few days and hand planed all 6 sides of every piece I cut. That worked well for the legs, but I got tired and eventually realized that 1) you won’t see most of the pieces and 2) that’s a lot of work for a tool that’s gonna get banged up. So, I then decided to only plane the visible sides. I waited to smooth out the top until everything was assembled. I used 1/2 pipe and haven’t had any issues with lack of strength or bowing.

Took me about 2 weekends and a few nights to assemble the bench. I spent the last weekend applying 2 coats of boiled linseed oil to the entire piece and added a 3rd coat to the top surface. My wife didn’t care for the fumes in the garage, but a few hours with fans and an open door and all’s well.

I failed to take a lot of ‘intermediate’ pictures, so all you get is the final version.

-- russ from texas - garage shop weekend warrior

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#1 posted 08-27-2012 11:59 PM

nice job a great looking bench.i love the design with the pipe clamps

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 08-28-2012 04:04 AM

I haven’t seen that before, thanks for sharing. That looks like a very versitile bench. Great job!

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#3 posted 08-28-2012 12:45 PM

Nice work on your bench which by the way I had for a few years, I love the floating front rail and front clamping system which I used every day in the shop. Over all I think it quite the system to have very versatile. I landed up giving it to a family member to build a heavier more traditional bench, I wish that I could of kept two bench but space restraints in my shop wouldn’t allow. Your really going to like this bench it a better than average bench system good luck ….BC

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#4 posted 08-28-2012 02:47 PM

Nice build. i want to build one to replace an older much less functional one. Thanks for the post.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 07:18 PM

...and I have always loved the smell of linseed oil. It smells like food to me,. wish I could cook with it! :-)

-- Without the wood, it's just working

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#6 posted 09-05-2012 09:28 PM

O-kay, did a Google search, found the Video and the plans, and after year of contemplating, I believe this is the basis for my workbench!

Very useful bench :-)

-- Without the wood, it's just working

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