Nine years ago, when FWW’s then-shop manager, John White, combined pipe clamps and some dressed framing lumber, no one had any inkling that the”new-fangled workbench” he created would prove to be so enduringly popular. Over the years, subscribers have clamored for more details about how the bench is made. They’ve made modifications and improvements. It’s been immortalized on video and captured in blogs. Since so many subscribers want to know about the bench, we thought we’d make it easy to find the articles, videos, and other bits of content related to the newfangled bench. The links below probably aren’t an exhaustive list. There’s almost certainly a stray Knots posting somewhere or a letter to the editor that escaped our notice. (And if you’re the person who wrote that letter or Knots posting, please accept our apologies for leaving you off the list.) For the original FWW article, click here. For video of John demonstrating the features of his bench, click here. Check our GlueTube video blog for the Jan. 21 segment on “The Cult of the New-Fangled Workbench.” Click here. For the “Design.Click.Build” blog entry about designing the bench and the clamps, click here. To read Knots discussions about the bench or to start…
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i built this as my very first bench. it was cheap and easy..i built many projects on it. it works..but its light and its maybe a little wobbly. like using a big plane you will chase it around the shop. im going to build a new bench this month but seeing this article (again) made me a little nostalgic. if you are new and moneys tight this bench isnt awful especially if you dont do a lot of heavy handwork. as i got more into handwork i grew tired of it racking and skating away from a scrub plane or bouncing under a mortice chisel blow.