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Split top Saw Bench #5: The saw till with Dog House (Dry Fit)

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Blog entry by TerryDowning posted 11-19-2013 07:46 PM 1731 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Adding a saw till to the saw bench Part 5 of Split top Saw Bench series Part 6: Finishing up »

This till will hold 4 full sized saws and 2 back saws. I’m also including a small box I’m calling the Dog House to hold bench dogs and wedges for the wagon vice, maybe a grease box (once I make one).

Finally a chance to get things cleaned up and a dry fit accomplished.


Then I cut the dovetails, and cut a divider piece to complete the dog house. All of the supports and the divider are held with through tenons that will be wedged.

Here it is with some saws


You can see the dog house in this photo. The rest of the till has no bottom, I did this on purpose to keep sawdust from collecting in there since it will be suspended under the saw bench. The bottom of the Dog House is just a floating panel in some dadoes. You can aslo see that I had to make adjustments to the end panel by cutting dadoes to accomodate the length of the D-8 and D-12 saws. I still had to cut an additional notch in the toe end for the D-12 as it still would not fit even with the Dadoes.

Saws Left to Right
Disston D-12 cross cut 8 PPI? (I need to count)
Disston D-8 Rip 5 PPI (This thing is a beast!!)
NOS Disston cross cut 10 PPI? Circa late 1980’s not a great saw but it handles dimensional lumber like a champ. I used this saw a lot when I was doing concrete forming. This saw needs sharpening and I’m planning on changing it to a Rip, that 5 PPI D-8 is a bear to get started and does leave a rough edge.

Unknown Mfg crosscut 10 PPI? maybe more, I haven’t really counted. It does have a Warranted Steel Medallion but no etch that I can see. It’s very rusty and needs a good cleaning. It is very sharp though and cuts well.

The 2 back saws are also unknown manufacturer with no medallions and no etch, they both need sharpening, (they still cut but not very well) one will definitely be filed rip to serve as a tenon saw. I may keep one as a cross cut pattern to use in my Miter box, We’ll see.

All that is left is Glue-up/final assembly of the till, figure out how to make the till flip in and out like a potato bin (It’s all in my head) and build some Bench Dogs to replace the awful plastic ones I’m using now.

-- - Terry



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