Saw Benches

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Project by mtalley posted 07-03-2014 09:40 AM 1362 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a couple of saw benches for my GROP, so I put a together two of different designs. They are both simple, plain and sturdy – no nails or screws, just glue, dado joints, and oak dowels. One is an old V-notch pattern that I have seen 1000 times and the other is combination bench/tool tote of my own design. I made the tote handle of the second one from a baseball bat that was cracked. I turned down the ends on the lathe to make 1-1/2” round tenons and captured the tenons with wedges and 2 dowels – placed at 6:00 and 12:00 as keys. This permanently locks the bat and will keep it from twisting loose. the Louisville brand is facing up when carried – It adds a little flair to something that would normally be utilitarian and is big enough to carry everything I need to do a household fix/honey-do.

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 10:08 AM

I really like your reuse of the bat as a handle for the tool tote. Very nice touch.

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 04:42 PM

Hi Frank,

Thank you!

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 05:37 PM

Nice touch with using a bat.

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 06:45 PM

Bench to tote is ingenious. Very clever.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 10:34 PM

Great idea. Nice job.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 07-04-2014 02:42 AM

Love the bat – well done.
What the heck is a GROP?

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#7 posted 07-04-2014 10:25 AM

Col. Travis,

it is a combo Garage Shop. I have to share my sawdust making space with a canoe, camping gear, Christmas ornaments and the occasional car.


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