|Project by Jeff||posted 01-30-2011 05:25 PM||2215 views||5 times favorited||1 comment|
For Christmas I received the “Build a Sawbench” DVD and this is the result. One is made from a SPF 2×10 that had been well acclimatized to the shop, the other was from rough sawn pine, fir and an unidentified wood that I think was red elm.
These were a great learning experience for me, and was hand tool centric. Power tools were only used for initial milling, all joints and smoothing were done by hand. I learned that I tend to cock my wrist to the left which makes the saw drift to the right on the back side of the cut. I had noticeable improvement by the time I was working on the second bench, but still not perfect. Gave my router plane a good workout, and figured out that I need to buy a carcass / tenon saw as the fine dovetail and crosscut versions I was using are not really meant for joints of this size.
Surprisingly, the most difficult part for me was cutting the legs to length after assembly and getting it to sit flat without rocking.
No finish on these as of yet. I’m not sure that I’ll bother. They do work well and are at the perfect height for crosscutting.
Thanks for looking.