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Dear New Fangled Workbench builders,
I wrote in about this about a year ago. The problem i have with the NFW is that workpieces ride up when clamped in the well of this bench. I am using the half inch pipe and pony clamps per the plan I received. Apparently there are two plan versions of this bench, the other using a 3/4 inch pipe. I have tried a few solutions, including those suggested by others having the same problem. Change to 3/4 inch pipe despite original plan of John White's; dont tighten the workpiece as much; adjust the maple vice pieces; pull up on the pipes; redo the pipe holes to take out any slack etc.
I still have the 1/2 inch pipes. It appears to me that the problem is primarily related to the pony clamps. mine have about a 3/4 inch reach. The Pony clamp pushes the maple piece up against the workpiece. This causes the workpiece to ride up. So I am thinking that the problem may finally be solved if someone can specifically describe the reach of the Pony clamp being used on the 1/2 inch pipe. If only a 3/4 inch pipe Pony clam works I will switch to that.
I wish someone at Fine Woodworking would ask John White the answer to this. The plans were rated for beginners, but i have had a few carpenters at Fine Woodworking address this already and they have problems too. Thank you. Jack