New Fangled Workbench - Portable Bench Top Version

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Project by JZBowmannz posted 207 days ago 2441 views 16 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Special thanks to John White for the great inspiration.

When I saw the video of the New Fangled Work Bench, immediately I decided that I had to build one, and there were so many application that I could use the set up – especially on hand planing and trimming the plywood edge banding. My problem was that I had a work bench in my already small shop, and it worked out very well for me, so I didn’t want to replace it nor build another full size one to take up more space… This was the reason for building the bench top version of the NFWB.

It’s only 5’ long, 13” wide, and 7” tall, I only used one 3/4” pipe clamp. It’s all 3/4” plywood construction, glued with additional (2) of #20 biscuits at each joint, (2) spreaders in the box were also glued and biscuit jointed. Each spreaders had a cut out that would allow for the moving jaw of the pipe clamp to clear.

The T slot was purchased from IKEA for $6 (80” long). The 3/8” carriage bolts fitted right in. I made a set of clamps to move along the T slot; The planing beam was adjustable also along the T slots vertically, which was bolted at two end with 1/4” carriage bolts and wing nuts. I created a couple of key holes feature so that the carriage bolts can stay with the box instead of taking them out every time when it’s dis-assembled. Everything could be taken apart and stored away at the corner of the shop when it’s not been used.

The working height is 45” when it is clamped on my work bench, great height for detail hand work or router work; and it’s also can be set up on the sawhorses, which would be 37” in height – right level with my table saw.

Hope that helps you.



-- Mind is a terrible thing to waste or loose.

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#1 posted 207 days ago

Super cool idea.
So many fine details and ideas you have come up with.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 207 days ago

Wow, that looks like a very useful bench, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#3 posted 207 days ago

Very nice, it looks like you will be able to get a lot of use out of this one!

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#4 posted 207 days ago


-- Mind is a terrible thing to waste or loose.

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#5 posted 207 days ago

Thanks for some inspiration -time for some innovation!

-- gdrwx

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#6 posted 207 days ago

Very innovative and cost effective .
Great thinking .

-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 207 days ago

Lovely build!
Whats the name of the IKEA t-tracks?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 207 days ago

Here is the T-track from IKEA.

-- Mind is a terrible thing to waste or loose.

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#9 posted 207 days ago

It’s like a steampunk version of a Roubo, this is highly ingenious and very very impressive. Great work!!

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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#10 posted 207 days ago

Thanks Jerry! I am glad you liked it.


-- Mind is a terrible thing to waste or loose.

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#11 posted 206 days ago

I really like it. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#12 posted 206 days ago

Very great build and ideas, it’s an impressive design with great functionality. Is it a work bench or transformer?

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#13 posted 206 days ago

Great idea to fit your needs. I think John White would be proud.

-- Its all about the jigs

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