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Forum topic by Homick posted 08-13-2013 09:57 PM 1642 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2013 09:57 PM

I’m interested in taking the plunge to make my own workbench. I have a good read of much online material, I’m quite capable with hand tools of all kinds and most of my projects are to be bespoke furniture. After my own investigation, I’m feeling drawn towards the ‘New Fangled’ workbench because of the versatility pipe clamp placement (and cost savings). I haven’t made a final decision on the design and I wanted to throw this out here because I’m not a workbench expert:

Is there something about this bench, especially the introduction of pipe clamps that may be a compromise to more traditional vices? I’ve assumed this is a very flexible bench because of the way you can arrange the clamps and hold down work. On the other hand, I’m uncertain if there are other problems I will face because of the pipe clamps that I would not see if I used more traditional vices. Anyone direct me to the potential issues I might have with this bench as opposed to something more traditional arrangement with a bench with a Face and Tail vice?

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#1 posted 08-13-2013 10:17 PM

Check out this thread >>>> Work Bench Smack Down

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#2 posted 08-13-2013 10:34 PM

I like the apparent flexibility of the New Fangled Bench, but with my more traditional bench with two standard quick release vises I don’t feel at all restricted.

The vises I used are available for under $100 each, they are very quick and easy to use and rock solid with no racking or binding at all.

The planing shelf on the side of the New Fangled Bench is a feature I added to my bench and I used my own design, but I wish I had just copied the original. Mine works, but is not as good.

The main thing I like about my bench, and the one thing I had reservations about the New Fangled, is the weight. My bench is somewhat patterned after the Roubo design, at least in shape and proportions, and I absolutely love the weight, almost 300lbs, and stability. The NFB seems to me to be a little light in the legs and I don’t know, but it looks like it might not be so rigid. Would be better to listen to some one who has one though. My opinion is just that; my opinion.

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 05:54 AM

It may not be for you but have a look at this one.

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 08:10 AM

I don’t really see any advantage to the New Fangled WB and the pipe clamps look inconvenient compared to dog holes.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 12:44 PM

Go w/ a Roubo. It’s a time tested design for furnituremaking, it’s only been around for several hundred years. I can’t believe the difference mine has made.

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#6 posted 08-14-2013 12:47 PM

Here are the benches from the thread that Rob post in post #1,

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