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Project by mattsanf posted 08-21-2007 04:39 PM 4436 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed construction of a traditional sawbench this weekend based on a plan from Chris Schwarz in the new “Popular Woodworking Hand Tool Essentials” book. I made the bench out of scrap construction grade 2×10 material with plywood braces. I drilled a hole in the top for my Gramercy Tools holdfast. It was a quick and easy project (except for cutting my thumb on my flush-cut handsaw while cutting the hardwood pegs…just because the saw is a hand tool does not mean that it is not really sharp!)

I like the design and utility of the bench. Its primary feature is that it is 20” high, a very good height for using traditional western saws. Not too high, not too short. The “V” in one end of the top allows a thin workpiece to be supported on both side of a cut.

I will be using this bench to experiment with a couple of old Disston saws that I recently purchased on eBay. Eventually, I want to learn to sharpen hand saws, but that is a project for later.

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 08-21-2007 04:58 PM

Thanks for posting. I need to make one of these. It looks like it could also come in handy for sitting on during certain tasks. Sometimes the footstool is too short and the bench stool is too high. Good work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mattsanf

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#2 posted 08-21-2007 05:02 PM

You are right about it having other uses. I find myself sitting on it on a regular basis!

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info

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#3 posted 08-21-2007 05:33 PM

Nice to see some of the stuff from yesterday still in use or newly made for use.

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Bill

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#4 posted 08-21-2007 07:36 PM

A nice and sturdy looking saw table Matt. I bet it will see some use soon, besides being sat on.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#5 posted 08-21-2007 08:20 PM

I’ve been meaning to make one of these. Great old design.

BTW Matt….you are a twin for my dog....:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#6 posted 08-22-2007 01:38 AM

Cool design.

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mattsanf

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#7 posted 08-22-2007 02:57 PM

Bob,
The picture is “Jack”, I refer to him as my “bench dog”. He likes to hang out in the shop and sleep and get covered with saw dust. He is a 4-year old dog, but sleeps 23 hours a day.

Matt

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info

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#8 posted 08-23-2007 01:17 PM

I’ve got a pair, and other than being heavy, they’re the best tool in the shop. Good Job. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 08-23-2007 09:26 PM

Is this the book the plans are in? http://www.fwbookstore.com/product/1502/popular-woodworking

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mattsanf

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#10 posted 08-23-2007 09:31 PM

Hi Wayne,
Yes, that’s it. Several good articles in the book.

Matt

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info

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WayneC

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#11 posted 08-23-2007 11:23 PM

Thanks Matt. I will add it to my list.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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WayneC

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#12 posted 08-24-2007 01:18 AM

Here is a link to Christopher Schwartz’s blog on how to use the sawbench.

http://www.woodworking-magazine.com/blog/Using+A+Sawbench.aspx

He also has info on how to build one on page 10 of the September (autum) 2006 Woodworking Magazine. I’m not sure how much this article varies from the content in the book.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 08-25-2007 08:02 AM

Nice bench, Matt. I thought of another use for the V. It reminds me of my grandfather’s bootjack. ;-) I’ve never seen one with a holdfast. What a cool idea. Do you plan to blog on the Disston saws? I would be interested to hear about that.

Wayne, thanks for the link.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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mattsanf

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#14 posted 09-02-2007 05:06 PM

Thanks! Sorry for the long delay, we were away on vacation.

The holdfast was Chris Schwarz’s idea, and it works well.

I might blog a bit on the Disstons, I was lucky enough to get one the was just recently sharpened, but the other needs some touching up and also the handle is loose. It is now on the “to do” list, but it might be awile till it rises to the top!

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info

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#15 posted 03-30-2010 01:46 PM

Great work horse. With a few mods this would be great for my carving tools.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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