LumberJocks Which Tim Builds a Saw Bench (Part 2)

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Blog entry by Tim Anderson posted 11-07-2013 03:30 PM 1427 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When last we saw my saw bench, I had finished the mortise/tenon joints for the legs. After that, I set out making some dovetails for the top of the bench to fit into the legs. First was marking all the dovetails off the wood that would actually go on that leg to make sure my (not planed or cleaned up) 2×4s would match the joints I was cutting.

I then set out to cut these dovetails. They were made with a dovetail saw and a chisel, and lots of patience. I had to chisel off quite a bit of end grain due to being worried about cutting past my knife wall, but in the end I got them squared up (more or less) and cut.

I didn’t take pictures of me chiseling out the waste on the legs, but it was another slow process. Just chisel a bit, pare down to the new chisel depth, and repeat until you meet in the middle. I could probably benefit from getting a coping saw to get rid of most of the waste, but for now this gets the job done, however slowly. They’re not perfect, but they should plane up to be fairly tight/clean and be tight enough to hold with some glue. I can always add a wedge or two if there are gaps when I’m done.

Now the bench is fit together (though the tails are a bit loose, so I need to get some miter clamps to glue them square).

The best part is that it fits conveniently under my workbench so I can store it until I need it.

Next step is adding stretchers on the sides, and possibly a vertical piece under the benchtop pieces to make it a bit more sturdy, and then gluing it all together, drilling some holdfast holes, and calling it good.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 08:01 PM

Your saw bench looks great Tim. Very handy to have. I need one too, maybe this will inspire me to actually build one. I miss Utah. We lived in Sandy for a few years.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-08-2013 07:12 PM

Glad you like what you see, and it’s nice to hear of other (former) locals woodworking. I’ve started gluing it together, but I only have two of the miter clamps, so it’ll take me a few days. Hopefully update #3 will be finished enough to inspire you to work on your own saw bench.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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#3 posted 11-08-2013 07:23 PM

Looks good Tim. I like my split top so far. I’m planning a similar bench as well and had planned to store the same way under the bench.

For reference, How long are your benches?

-- - Terry

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 07:32 PM

My larger workbench is just over 48” long and 20” deep, and 39.5” tall. The saw bench is just under 34” long and 19” tall, and the members are all just unmodified 2×6s with a 1” gap in the middle between the two sides.

I’m also considering adding a vertical piece under the saw bench top pieces for additional strength, though once the glue is on there it may end up sturdy enough. Time will tell.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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