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Project by garysharp posted 05-06-2013 03:43 PM 5358 views 63 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Foster Workbench and Foster Vise
I would like to introduce you to a new workbench design that I came up with over the last few years. I started woodworking when I was nine and soon discovered that I like to not only build things that were beautiful but a challenge to build. With that in mind I ended up switching from one type of woodworking to another from joinery to steam bending, to marquetry to sculptured furniture, and anything else that struck my fancy.
The idea for the workbench started a few years back when I was asked to lead a group of local woodworkers in building workbenches. This was because I had thought about 45 classes in my shop with 240 students and all of them loved the European-style workbench that I had. I now had a problem in that what kind of the workbench to build because I one already that worked really well for flat cabinet work.
Because of the problems I’ve had doing steam bending and making sculptured furniture I wanted to make some changes to any new workbench that I built. I wanted to be able larger size, heavier weight when a vacuum table able to do steam bending wanted downdraft table for sculpturing rocking chair seats, lots of holds for bench dogs, and a chair vise to hold sculptured rocking chairs were being assembled. I wanted a single piece frame so that my knees would have a place to go underneath what I said and do close-up work.
I designed a totally new workbench, the new FOSTER WORKBENCH© that includes the FOSTER CHAIR VISE© as well as the Vertas® twin screw and a great Emmert pattern makers vise. This workbench as far as I can tell, can be used to do any, and all types of woodworking.
I approached three woodworking magazines to see if they would like me to write a construction article but they all declined. But I want the woodworking community to see a new approach to a workbench.
I uploaded to YouTube 40 videos outlining different ways to use the foster vise for woodworking and furniture construction. You can see the first one at the following address the rest of them can be found on YouTube under the name FOSTER WORKBENCH © or FOSTER VISE ©,

Hello Folks,
If you want to watch all the videos, about 38 minutes, at one time please go the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLu7LCLwgY9VhcaDFqmRIomylJfRjBZ2Y-

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.





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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 05-06-2013 04:09 PM

Hi Gary,

That is a great bench. The stretcher design is very good. I bet the bench does not move at all.

Take Care, John

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 05-06-2013 04:24 PM

Great bench, a definite favorite.

Thanks for posting.

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garysharp

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#3 posted 05-06-2013 05:05 PM

Hi John,
Your right , the bench is 1052 lb with the steam bending block on top of it.
Gary

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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CliffSCCA

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 05:07 PM

Fantastic. I’ll have to spend some time checking out all those videos.

Thanks.

-- Mmmm....sawdust

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lepelerin

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#5 posted 05-06-2013 06:27 PM

“I designed a totally new workbench …. not a rehash of a 300-year-old workbench.” A top, legs, dog holes, vice, ... Am I missing something here? :) sarcasm on the side, cool bench.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 05-06-2013 06:44 PM

That looks like a fantastic bench design, it shows off some great craftsmanship and very thoughtful design!

I am impressed!

Great thing about the internet, the magazines may (foolishly) turn you down but you can still get the word out on your own!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Jeff_in_KCMO

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 07:18 PM

420 views, and 11 favorites… I think that says it all

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garysharp

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#8 posted 05-06-2013 07:18 PM

Hi lepelerin,
Maybe you missed the unique chair vise design, or maybe the unique location of the Emmert vise, or maybe the 144 hole downdraft table built-in, or some of the other ways to use it as shown in the 39 youtube videos?

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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Julian

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#9 posted 05-06-2013 07:18 PM

That a great bench. I cannot understand why any woodworking magazine would not want to show this bench.
I will start watching your videos. Thanks.

-- Julian

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hoss12992

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#10 posted 05-06-2013 08:07 PM

Great job and thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Topapilot

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#11 posted 05-06-2013 09:30 PM

That chair vise is really cool. Look’s like I’m going to need a bigger shop…

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Marty5965

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#12 posted 05-06-2013 09:39 PM

Nice bench, but 30 + <1 min videos is a bit of a pain, suggest you edit them together to make them easier to view.

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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violaine

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#13 posted 05-06-2013 09:39 PM

that is one halluvah of workbench!

and a downdraft? that is way too cool.

hah my workbench now is similar to USS Saratoga with all the stuff on the top of it..yes i even see my old sneakers under the heap of whatnots.

gotta clear out the mess….

thanks for the videos but i hope you could stitch them altogether rather than closing and opening one link after the other.

but hey, you are generous enough to upload everything.

cheers!

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DaddyT

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#14 posted 05-06-2013 09:54 PM

WOW…..just amazing!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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garysharp

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#15 posted 05-06-2013 10:05 PM

Hi folks,
Sorry about the large number of videos. Yesterday was my first try at uploading multiple videos at one time and I don’t know how to stitch them together. Hopefully somebody will enlighten me as to how to do that. In the meantime thanks to everyone for the compliments that I have received.
Please enjoy.
gary

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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