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Project by Rob Drown posted 1506 days ago 4233 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are small benches about 20” tall to make hand sawing easier. They also work great as step stools and shop seating. They are made from Doug Fir 2×10. The design is from Chris Schwarz, Lost Art Press. They stack to save space.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真





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mikedddd

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#1 posted 1506 days ago

I’ve seen those and thought they would be a great addition to the shop, thanks for posting.

-- Mike

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swirt

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#2 posted 1506 days ago

Those look great. You will find them more useful than you realize. Mine get used almost as much as my bench.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 1506 days ago

Rob – where do you connect the plug strip? ;-)

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velo_tom

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#4 posted 1505 days ago

Funny you should post this, I’m in the process of building the very same saw stands. Wasn’t planning on being able to stack mine though. I think that’s a pretty innovative idea.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#6 posted 1505 days ago

Nice benches Rob

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Rob Drown

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#7 posted 1505 days ago

The v cut is for supporting a work piece on both sides and cutting down the middle.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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mafe

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#8 posted 1505 days ago

Nice benches.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 1504 days ago

Hi Rob,

Nice job on these. They look like they’ll handle some serious use.

Lee

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#10 posted 1503 days ago

Hey Ton,
Ck out the plans at Lost Art Press. They Stack. http://blog.lostartpress.com/content/binary/2008-Sawbench.pdf

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#11 posted 1503 days ago

nice benches, Rob. I hadn’t seen ‘stackables’ either. Thanks for posting those. It’s on my
‘list.’

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#12 posted 1503 days ago

Very nice workmanship and they work great.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#13 posted 1503 days ago

Rob, thanks for posting the link to the stacking saw benches. I’ve down loaded the plans for later reference. I might build a second set later for the garage because I do some of my work up there too and need things to store more compactly there.

I’ll continue with the two benches I’ve started since they are already under way. Actually, they will stack, just not as compactly because they have lower shelves. I’m going to have a tool shelf where I can lay a hold fasts and hammer, or mallet and chisels. I figure I’ll be hammering out mortises on it too.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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swirt

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#14 posted 1503 days ago

Velo_tom, two things to consider (if its not too late) about the tool shelf. It is a dust collector and can interfere with sawing. If the legs are splayed (like on Rob’s design) you could do a crosscut or a rip on a line that just hangs over the edge of the bench and the blade will run down and pass inside the stretcher. You get a fully supported cut, which is ideal (less chattering and vibration in the board). If you put a tool shelf at the stretcher line, then the saw can’t go that deep so you either have to use less than full strokes on the saw (less efficient) or you have to extend the cut line to fall beyond the shelf and stretcher in which case it is hanging farther off the sawbench so it is less supported.

If you use them like I do, you will find that one is the primary bench for sawing, the other is the second runner up and is there mainly for supporting the other end of the wood, or supporting me when I am tired from sawing on the first. My suggestion (not that you asked) is to only put the tool shelf on one of them and make that the second runner up as far as sawing. Use the one with no shelf for sawing.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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velo_tom

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#15 posted 1503 days ago

swirt, Thanks for the comments and providing some food for thought. I need to measure required clearances with the various saws I plan to use with the bench. If I detect a problem with saw clearances I’ll need to provide a means to remove the shelf quickly (and easily).

I still think the shelf would be useful when cutting out mortises with a chisel. Don’t want to lay those tools on the floor and hope to not always need the bench for that operation because sometimes something else is going on there. Both saw benches would need shelves because my wife often works with me.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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