|Project by SilverbackReef||posted 03-21-2011 04:42 AM||21711 views||96 times favorited||22 comments|
First project post. Here goes.
I was thinking about building a sawbench when I tripped over swirt’s here http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33131
At the same time, I happened to be reading Chris Schwartz’s workbench book. One statement jumped out at me: “A bench is a 3D clamping surface” which results in the flush leg and no-apron design notions. Figured I’d try and build a sawbench combining swirt’s and Schwartz’s principles. This is the result.
It’s all SYP. The legs and top are laminated. Joinery is lapped joints mostly created at lamination-time plus miters on the corners. Initial parts milling was done with power tools, everything else was hand-tool.The good:
- the design works
- it isn’t tippy (which was my primary concern)
- I learned a lot and got to practice some stuff that I’ll use when I get around to building a workbench.
- Finally got around to making a shooting board (why’d I wait so long? works great!)
- I thought using lapped joints created during the lamination would be less fussy than M&T. I was wrong.
- My experiment w/ cutting mitered corners entirely by hand was only partially successful. I won’t do it again without building a donkey’s-ear first.
- Took too long. I feel like I’ve taken something that should have been really simple and made it complicated.