New-Fangled Workbench Revisited: Plans Now Available
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.
Kudos for the New-Fangled Workbench
You don’t have to take our word for it that this is a great bench, here are some comments from the community.
- “The bench looks like it can do just about anything without spending an arm, a leg an a year of time! I really like the adjustable bottom support.” -Korg, via Knots
- “I built the bench about 5 or 6 years ago. The bench is amazing, I use it a great deal especially when I need to hold something down to be planed or scraped. I consider it an indispensable tool in my shop.” -tkumpf, via Knots
- “The best woodworking bench in my opinion is John White New Fangled workbench from FWW.” -woodenhead, via Knots
- “I kinda’ have the workbench that John White made. I took my 4′ x 8′ welded tubular steel bench and added some of the features he had. I don’t recall at this point what his bench looked like, but here is what I added from his ideas, slightly modified as I recall. …..Everything that I got from the John White article works great and I couldn’t be happier with it.” -JsHerbel, via Knots
- I have also made the bench. I was looking for ages for a bench but none I had seen were as versatile as this idea. I made mine from Messmate a local hardwood here in Australia. I found the design to be very steady I could not get the bench to move no matter how hard I pushed when planning a board. I made my top longer than in the drawing to accommodate larger table tops or panels and it works very well. -Shakaen, via Knots
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: 9:06
Produced 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.