Saw Till #2: Starting the build

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Blog entry by brianl posted 07-07-2011 04:55 AM 5232 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The basic frame for my saw till couldn’t be simpler: four pieces of 10” wide poplar. The bottom is simply screwed into the sides and the top is attached with recessed figure 8s.

To support the saws, I created two levels of slotted crossbars. They are mortised into the sides of the carcase. I cut repetitive slots across them to allow me to insert a saw into them. Through trial and error I decided that having a slot every two inches gave me just enough room to store the saws and still get my hand in there to pull one out. I then built a 2 1/2” high support along the bottom of the case to force the saws to sit at a tilt. As explained previously, I keep my saws with the teeth pointed outwards. During the planning stage I noticed that doing so allowed me to position the saws at a higher angle than I would have been able to do had the teeth been pointed inwards.

Once I got the basic case together I used my trusty Stanley 48 plane to put together a series of tongue and groove back panels.

Trust me, by the end of it I was a sweaty mess.

I then mounted the panels and screwed them into the carcase, allowing a little room for expansion and contraction. My shop is in a basement, so it stays somewhat stable year-round, but there is still more variability than I would have liked.

I then put everything in for a test-fit….

Now I just need to get up off my butt and go buy some more poplar to fashion the doors then time to fashion mounts for my saw vise, files, and sets!

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 05:09 AM

Loving this build man. Poplar is a such a treat to work by hand, especially when you can find wide boards.

Keep up the good work. And make sure to drink lots of water you big sweaty mess.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 06:48 AM

I hadn’t thought of facing the teeth outward, I am following along for any lessons I can learn from your build since I’ve got to get my saws organized soon. Thanks.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 07-07-2011 07:01 AM

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 08-29-2011 04:44 PM

That’s excellent… you just helped me figure out how I was going to store my saws in that shop cabinet I just built!

Nicely done… thanks!

-- Ryno

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