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Split Top Saw Bench

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Project by Holbs posted 01-07-2018 11:02 PM 951 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I am getting into hand tools (seems it’s hand saws this month), I realized really fast I needed a saw bench as sawing above waist level (cabinet table saw table or Workmate 425 height) made me tire and ache really fast. I needed that power downward stroke and body mass over the blade feeling. I went with 4”x6” because I have not had a good history with projects being stable or robust.
All pieces were dimensioned with planer and joinery machine. 32” length, 20” high. Chopping out for the double bridal joints done by hand. Practice makes perfect…and I have a ways to go. Mortise & tenon for the legs into the feet. Do not think I need any stretchers as this thing is rock solid, but is an option for later if needed.
I used my wooden grove plane to make a 1/4” grove for the 1/4” removable fence (magnets on the way to store underneath). I have 2 Gramercy holdfasts to use here (and future joinery bench…or maybe I’ll just buy 2 more). My power drill & forstner bit could only go down to a point, so out comes the hand drill with the much longer 3/4” auger bit.
All in all, happy with the way it turned out. Lots of tear and blow out as I’m learning as I go but yet was also in a rush to get this done today.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter





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theoldfart

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#1 posted 01-07-2018 11:18 PM

Sure looks solid and beefy. I would imagine sawing on it is a dream, I hate it when the work wiggles and wobbles while sawing and you sure have made a bench that eliminates these problems. Well done.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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swirt

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#2 posted 01-08-2018 02:21 AM

Nice design. Robust and practical.

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

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Timmy2Hands

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#3 posted 01-08-2018 02:43 AM

Looks great. Strong and stout.
I don’t think those bridal joints will ever let you down.
Sharp blades and plum cuts to ya!

-- Tim

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Bluenote38

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#4 posted 01-08-2018 11:17 AM

You may have a bit of tear out here and there but it looks really good … and solid too.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#5 posted 01-08-2018 06:36 PM

It’s a very nice split top saw bench and will be a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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