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Here is a link to a video of this work bench.
New-Fangled Workbench, Revisited - Fine Woodworking Video

Has anyone built this bench or seen one that has been built?
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Great video. I need to build a bench--but somehow every design i've seen looks like overkill or not enough for what i do. The New-Fangled Workbench might fit my personality. Thanks.
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New fangled seems an understatement, haha that thing is loaded.

My taste lies elsewhere with a roubo style but little smaller bench for a 2-car garage.
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Looks like a neat idea and is easily adaptable to changing the size. Have to think about how it would fit in my workshop
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I bought the plans and am working on my design. The 1/2 pipe clamps are to small I would go with 3/4 pipe. At Harvard freight price basically the same for 1/2 or 3/4. The other consideration the length of the bench between 5 to 8 ft. Thanks for your comments. Now all I need is some warm weather to be able to get started.
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Great video. I need to build a bench--but somehow every design i've seen looks like overkill or not enough for what i do. The New-Fangled Workbench might fit my personality. Thanks.
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Very nice workbench. As you said most work bench designs that I have seen are overkill for what I would use it for.

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This style of workbench has lots of merit! I think I would make each of the two lengthwise pipes become two clamps - one on each end, for greater flexibility; because on pipe clamps the pipe isn't moving. With oppositely facing (pipe clamp, movable) collars, it could also serve as a spreader. This kind of clamp will best work like he had it in the video - where someone has room to work on all four edges. IMHO, an adjustment to methodology of support for the removable inserts is required; because without a continuous "edge ledge" - there will be uplift of the (insert's) edge opposite where downward pressure is applied. In the video, I gathered that his inserts are only supported by the longitudinal pipes.
[...and a nebulous point also, there is a mathematical progression which enables sums to be achieved of any length in multiples of the smallest (part) increment. In this case one could determine the amount of stop-block movement possible (= approximate length of pipe clamp spindle threads) and use that as the basic increment.]
Here's an example of this progression. Let's use an even integer by saying that the grip range of each end spindle is 2". Make interior filler parts of numbers doubled from 2"... First piece would be 2", next would be 4" (double 2"), next would be 8" (double 4"), next would be 16" (double 8"), next would be 32" (double 16"), etc. With parts in this list of lengths, one can create an opening of any length between 2" and [max], in 2" multiples.
Please do not take my comments as criticism! These are only suggestions I would make to better fit my needs. Inventing and/or improving products is what I do to make my living. The bench - exactly as on his video will work perfectly fine.

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I'm open to any suggestions just in the planning stage.
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That's cool Otis--2" would probably be close enough to work with, and the sum of doubles to 32" is 62" (2+4+8+16+32=62), so adding another 32 and a 2 would get one to 96". Or, if i was doing a 96" bench with a 4" rim (needing 88" of insert) i could add some other combination.

I also like the idea of adding a second set of pipe hardware at the end--offers great flexibility and only sacrifices the thickness of the fixture butted against itself.

Roofner--was the download worth the $13 or now that you've seen the plan would you have been able to figure it out?

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i came really close to building that, but ended up with a more standard jointer's type of bench for now, primarily because of time, money and space constraints.

i plan to make something inspired by that in the summer or fall, after things settle down a little at home (my wife's father has been ill) and i have had a chance to clear out the garage more and save up a few dollars.
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