Saw Benches

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Project by Dan Krager posted 07-08-2015 11:39 PM 6284 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally decided to make a couple of saw benches. These are a compilation of ideas gathered here and there. They are made of Osage Orange (hedge) with walnut tills. The handles are removable and reversible for a solid top when needed. Otherwise the handles serve as disposable supports and fences for push or pull cut saws. They stack tightly interlocked for a tall bench. The tilt out tills hold saws, braces, bits, and misc tools as needed. The tills are removable and interchangeable and can be moved to the other bench if needed. When closed they don’t collect sawdust. The spacing is sufficient to hold all but the thickest of doors on edge for work on latches or hinges.

These beasts are HEAVY weighing in at about 90 lbs apiece with empty tills. They have the potential to become the base for shaving horse or spoon mule attachments. Can’t decide if I want to build the shaving horse or spoon mule attachments upon these or my carving table stand. After some more sleeps, perhaps I can make those attachments work solidly in both places.

The SketchUp file can be downloaded from my web site blog where there are more pictures detailing the build.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL The witchcraft of woodworking.

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#1 posted 07-08-2015 11:56 PM

Amazing project Dan, I’m not exactly sure I know what I’m looking at, but the construction is top notch and complex. Nice Work!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 07-09-2015 12:00 AM

Awesome Dan! Very cool to see them completed.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 07-09-2015 01:04 AM

Impressive work.
I love O. Orange, beautiful and bulletproof too and I can believe the weight.
These will be very solid and will make lots of tasks easier.
Well done!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 07-09-2015 02:36 AM

Nice, Dan. I think some action shots would be a nice addition to your presentation.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#5 posted 07-09-2015 10:40 AM

Awesome work Dan! Makes my simple one look – well – simple :D Maybe some day it will graduate to something like this!!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#6 posted 07-09-2015 11:37 AM

Combo, I used them on a 3 passage door install a little while ago. Took some pictures and can’t find them!

Started designing the shave horse accessory. Trying to work a spoon mule into the design. The anvil will have a ratchet system at the front. Looks like a bowl clamp is doable too. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Have to check out dimensions for comfort. May not work out. Any tips from shave horse or spoon mule users are welcome.


-- Dan Krager, Olney IL The witchcraft of woodworking.

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#7 posted 07-09-2015 12:48 PM

great work, Dan! Your joinery looks fabulous in Osage!
Very ingenious using them as a shavehorse, too, if long enough.

Looks like an heirloom build to me!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 07-09-2015 01:57 PM

Looks great Dan!

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#9 posted 07-09-2015 05:20 PM

Pretty Cool !!!

I won’t pretend I know what I’m looking at either but I know I like it and would like to see it in action.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#10 posted 07-09-2015 09:46 PM

Those are fantastic. What a pleasure it will be to use those for the rest of your sawing days. Congratulations on completing a project that will serve you for a lifetime.

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Dan Krager

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#11 posted 07-10-2015 02:21 AM

Ya, so would I calisdad. Got no projects to use them on right now. Soon…

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL The witchcraft of woodworking.

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#12 posted 07-10-2015 03:23 AM

Wow.. just wow!

Awesome how they turned out!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#13 posted 07-10-2015 04:46 PM

Too cool

You’re handle appears to be glued up from 6 pieces. Is there a reason for that? Or were you just trying to use up smaller pieces?

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

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#14 posted 07-11-2015 05:44 PM

Five pieces. You may have been tricked by the sapwood-heartwood transition in the top piece. It’s full 2” thick and about 6” tall with sliding dovetail pieces dadoed in. I have 2” rough stuff that could have been used but after dressing I was afraid (and confirmed by test) that it would be too loose, so I ripped the 2” stuff and laminated. Notice that the 2” stuff was quartersawn. Any other wood than OO, I would have wanted a 90° orientation to what it is now. The handles do not slide freely…it takes some (medium) bumping to move the handle. That’s not all bad…don’t want it to move freely. These handles, when reversed can greatly extend the flat surface of the top to support big stuff.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL The witchcraft of woodworking.

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#15 posted 07-13-2015 04:24 PM

Those are killer Dan. Love the design!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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