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John White's New-Fangled Workbench has been a crowd pleaser since the article was published in Fine Woodworking ten years ago. A SketchUp plan is now available for the bench in our digital plan store.
In 1999, John White published an article on how to make an inexpensive workbench that’s as versatile as a Swiss Army Knife.
Ten years later, the “new-fangled” bench has developed impressive following.
Now, Fine Woodworking is finally offering up project plans for this beloved bench. They’re available in our new digital plan store. The plan package by Dave Richards of the Design.Click.Build. blog includes detailed drawings, a cutlist, and a SketchUp file for download so you can easily customize the design.
All About the New-Fangled Workbench:• Buy the digital SketchUp plan• Read the orginal article from FWW #139• Workbench questions answered• VIDEO: John White demonstrates the features of the bench • An Excercise in Control. Dave Richards on creating the plan• More on drawing the SketchUp plan • Video diary on building it from The Folding Rule Show
Kudos for the New-Fangled WorkbenchYou don’t have to take our word for it that this is a great bench, here are some comments from the community.
Have you made the bench? Post a comment below. And please share any tips or tricks for success. Also, be sure to upload a photo of your bench in the gallery.
For more details on the features of this bench, watch this video from 2007 to see White demonstrate how it works.
Video Length: 9:06Produced By: Matt Berger and Michael Dobsevage
Dave Richards writes about drawing the bench in our SketchUp blog, Design.Click.Build.
John White and his bench from the article in FWW #139.
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Can anyone tell me if the oak block screwed to the screw ends of the tail vise for this workbench is also screwed to the bench itself (looks like two vertical screws)?
I have a question regarding the top of the bench at the rear.
The skippy shows the outer 2x screwed to the next one in and the turned over one screwed to the first 2x but doesn't show any connection between the 2 pairs. Are these attached to the frame from underneath?
I'm really looking forward to building this bench next week.
I built this bench and the sketchup model I had helped a lot - however when it comes to the planing beam, the holes need to be not centered but towards the edge so that more area of the beam sits in front of the posts because otherwise the edge of the bench and the planing beam are almost co-planar leaving only a slight ledge for the piece to sit on when using the planing beam.
Also, the construction grade kiln dried douglas fir, though dry, still warped a bit - it would have been better if the top was not made of edge joined 2 by 4's o 2 by 6's but instead if they were turned on edge and face joined together.
Also, the board that serves as the front piece and is edge joined to the rail with screws, that sagged on me and I cannot straighten it with more torquing of the screws - my drill is torqued out so basically the top is really not dead flat.
The design is great and it was easy to build but I recommend better material for the top or modifying the design so you can plane the top to bring it back to flatness.
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