Saw Benches ala Frank

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Project by FJPetruso posted 05-10-2016 11:19 PM 1116 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on building a set of traditional hand tools & the latest tool I acquired was a hand Rip Saw. So making a saw bench was something that would be needed with the tool set. The saw bench built by Christopher Schwarz was just the style that I was looking for.

I made a couple of changes on his procedure & lumber list. First I decided to wedge the tenons of the lower braces to the legs instead of drawboring. Then I made a quick fixture to screw to the underside of the top & legs to hold the legs at the correct angle while the glue set up. I drilled pilot holes where the legs would be pinned to the top & used long deck screws instead of the clamps to hold the assembly tight while the glue set. After the glue set, I removed the deck screws & re-drilled the pilot holes to 3/8” & drove in some glued up hardwood dowels, like the plan uses.

During setup for each part, I made an extra part to use for setup at a later date when I make another saw bench

You can see in the photo, I drilled two holes for holdfasts. One photo illustrates how I clamped the glued up leg assemblies to my workbench with three holdfasts. I use holdfasts a lot for clamping & gluing. I have a dozen small holdfasts & two of the larger ones.

For the top braces I used solid wood & slotted wood screws instead of plywood because I like to keep an older look to my projects. For the same reason, I also used Amber tinted Shellac for a finish.

Using the setup jig I made worked out better than I had planned. the distance between the splayed legs was less than 1/8”, so installing the shelf boards to the shelf braces was really easy. I made the length of the shelf pieces to match the longer side & just wedged the pieces in the shorter side a bit by tapping the shelf braces.

The two tools that got the most use on this project were, the table saw with a dado stack & my Osborne Miter Gauge with it’s long fence & flip stop for repeat cuts.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 05-12-2016 03:41 AM

Nice work on those saw benches.They look real sturdy too!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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