Schwarz Saw Bench

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Project by Brian Gulotta posted 01-05-2016 09:35 PM 1350 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first completed woodworking project. A Christopher Schwarz traditional saw bench. Done entirely with hand tools and one SYP 2×6 salvaged from a construction dumpster ;) Definitely learned a lot during this build and a lot can be improved on, but I am happy with the result. Sure was tedious squaring all the lumber with only a smoothing plane. I’m assuming having a jointer plane would have made this process a lot quicker. So that is high up on the todo list. Also planning on making an OWT router plane, Paul Sellars frame saw, and another saw bench.

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 02:42 AM

1st. post for 1st project, Took you 85 days? LOL Welcome to LJs. Saw bench looks good.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Brian Gulotta

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 02:54 AM

Thanks Andre. I finished it in a weekend during free time. Rough cut the lumber and let it sit for a few months until the wood acclimated and had time to work on it ( spouse, 2 kiddos, coaching basketball, etc. etc. ). I’m definitely a fledgling woodworker, but enjoying every minute of it. Everyone has to start somewhere ;)

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#3 posted 01-06-2016 06:16 AM

Looks good, Brian. I built the first iteration of his saw bench and there’s challenge in the builds. Here’s a pic of Old Faithful.

Congrats on your woodworking start!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 01-06-2016 02:14 PM

Thanks a bunch Smitty. Yeah the hardest part for me was getting all the lumber square with only a smoothing plane. Hoping when i get a true jointer plane made that process will go smoother. Definitely see where having other tools would have made everything go together much smoother ( jointer plane, router plane, tenon saw, dedicated workbench ). But you make due with what you’ve got and make what you need. I’ve got several rough blanks cut from firewood drying to make some of these tools. Love to see Old Faithful standing the test time ;)

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#5 posted 01-06-2016 05:14 PM

Hey it looks great you did an excellent job

-- Thom CT.

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#6 posted 01-06-2016 05:28 PM

Thanks Thom.

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#7 posted 01-06-2016 05:44 PM

Looks good. Be ready to build another ‘better’ one. I built this a while ago, then built one in another style shortly afterwards.
I mean better as in one that you don’t make the same mistakes… ;)

Funny thing is that after I built this, I compared it to a bench I made earlier for working out with weights. They were within 1/2” of each other in height.

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#8 posted 01-06-2016 06:01 PM

Thanks visualj. Definitely plan on having a pair of saw benches around the shop.

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