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Project by mranum posted 03-18-2013 at 06:20 PM 2778 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought I would try this version of a bench for my hand tool work. Built in 2011, its doing just fine and wouldn’t change a thing.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 at 06:23 PM

Looks like some cool features on it.

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mranum

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 at 07:06 PM

Primary design is for hand tool work, and it excels at that. Its light enough to move around yet you can still plane on it without it moving a bit.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 at 07:24 PM

Is that your design? I’ve never seen one with the pipe clamps built in to it. Really interesting.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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mranum

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 at 08:07 PM

No not my design. There have been several posted here on LJ.

Check this out by the guy who did design it.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/workshop/video/new-fangled-workbench-revisited.aspx

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#5 posted 03-18-2013 at 08:08 PM

Nice build….should give you many years of faithful service….

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Kaleb the Swede

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 at 04:51 AM

I like the whole pipe clamp design of it. Smart, economical, and you can find them anywhere. Great build. Been thinking about doing an end vice like that.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Willdoc

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 at 10:28 AM

I’ve bought the plans as well…. but then…. I started look at other benches…. and on, and on…. Paralysis by analysis.
So. Do you love the bench? How often to you grumble to yourself about the time required to adjust the clamps, remove panels, etc? Do you think the bench is really flat (enough) with the mdf panels?
Thanks

-- I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them ** Thomas Jefferson

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crank49

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#8 posted 03-19-2013 at 10:41 AM

I incorporated the planing hook and the adjustable ledge below it into my Roubo style bench. I was about 50% done with my bench when first I saw the article on the “New Fangled” bench.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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eddie

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#9 posted 03-19-2013 at 11:37 AM

i built one and love it its a great bench ,great job

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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mranum

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#10 posted 03-19-2013 at 01:16 PM

Willdoc-

I can honestly tell you that yes I do love this bench. I’ve been using it for 2 years now with no regrets. The time it takes for to you adjust the center well clamps or the planing beam for that matter, is very small. I added the end vise and a row of dog holes for it and that gets used more than the clamps down the center for what I do. One nice thing about this unit is, if you decide you don’t like it, your not out much other than some time and a small amount of cash. I don’t think a person would have any trouble at all recouping their investment if they want to sell it.

crank49-

That planing beam and hook is one of the reasons I chose this bench. Its incredibly handy.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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AaronK

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#11 posted 05-02-2013 at 06:17 PM

nice to hear – when i get a chance to do some more woodworking I plan to build this bench. I wanted something that would work for hand and power tool work, and this seems really great. I’m happy to hear from someone who has used it for hand tool work to confirm my beliefs :) I was considering beefing up the top… how does it handle roughhousing (hard chisel and handplane work)?

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#12 posted 05-02-2013 at 06:29 PM

Perhaps the most beautiful projects I see posted here are the work benches. Yours certainly makes it into that class.

I honestly wouldn’t know what to do with one, but I want one anyway. I’ll bring it inside and look at it.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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