And so we move on to the conclusion of this new useful work surface. When we last left the saw bench, it was dry fitted and ready for gluing. I then added some glue (quite a bit for some of my sloppier joints, and glued the whole thing together. I actually found that the bench was very stable once glued despite my somewhat sloppy joints, so I didn’t need to do any reinforcing beneath. After that, I found that it was a far cry from flat, so I had to spend quite a lot of time getting the two sides to be flat and un-twisted. Sure was glad I bought a #7 plane recently.
Took most of the afternoon, but I got it all done and flat in the end.
And once that was done, I was on to the first test cut. Behold the awesome high-speed sawing action. I refer only to the blade moving at high speed. The cut was moving very very slowly through the maple I was using to test the bench. It was actually my first time ripping maple, so it surprised me how much longer it took than ripping pine boards. Very glad I had somewhere comfortable to cut instead of awkwardly trying to use my vise.
After a good 15-20 minutes, my inaugural cut was concluded:
As I went to cut my second 2” slice of maple, I found that I was going to have trouble holding it with just my knee. Holding it would be fine for a while, but eventually, I’d run into the problem that my knee was in the line of fire. I decided that despite the thin top size, I would try to drill some holdfast holes, and if they didn’t work out to hold well in a 1.5” thick benchtop, I’d just add more wood below to reinforce them later. Then began the drilling. All in all, it went very quickly.
Turns out the Gramercy holdfasts worked just fine in the thin benchtop, so my second cut was held for me, no knee required. I just had to put a bit of pressure to keep the bench from moving around, and it was easy as pie to cut.
And a final blurry concluding shot of my second saw bench cut:
The whole thing worked out very well, and I look forward to using this saw bench for many years to come. It makes sawing much easier due to the more comfortable height and sawing angle than trying to do it up on my bench.
-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA