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Project by mpmitche posted 1170 days ago 2206 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working with hand tools nearly exclusively for the past two years but have really struggled with some of my sawing operations. I lack a proper workbench and workholding. While that is on my list to build I decided to start with the basics and built this sawbench after a Christopher Scwarz article. I modified the bench using a 2×10 instead of a 2×6 which resulted in a wider top and a longer bench overall. I really liked using the cut nails in the project which went together very quickly. Drilling the pilot holes for the cut nails was the only powertool I used in this project (I need to get an eggbeater drill and a brace). I haven’t taken it for a test drive yet but will soon.

-- Mike, Western New York





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RGtools

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#1 posted 1170 days ago

Where did you find 6d cut nails? I am having trouble myself.

Fellow handworker FYI, and the bench looks great.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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mpmitche

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#2 posted 1170 days ago

Home Depot of all places; they were just sitting there on the shelf like they belonged there. The 6D’s were the smallest they have some much bigger ones as well.

-- Mike, Western New York

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mafe

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#3 posted 1169 days ago

That is a really nice sawbench.
If my work shop was not so small I would make me one…
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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RGtools

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#4 posted 1169 days ago

thanks mp

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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brendandahl

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#5 posted 1169 days ago

Cut nails are sometimes called masonry nails at the BORG.

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RGtools

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#6 posted 1169 days ago

I have learned that but I could not find 6d. @!#$%#%^.

I will wander to the home depot though, I only got as far a LOWES (bleh)

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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WayneC

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#7 posted 1169 days ago

how about this for a nail link?

http://store.tremontnail.com/cgi-bin/tremontnail/items?mv_arg=28

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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RGtools

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#8 posted 1168 days ago

But pay shipping on nails? Thanks Wayne, I’ll use them if it comes down to it, but seriously, it’s a freaking nail, why are they so $ hard to find?

Am I the only one who asks for things at hardware store and gets looked at like I just stepped off a shiny space-ship?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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docholladay

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#9 posted 1168 days ago

FYI, cut nails are commonly found as Masonry or Concrete nails. However, the masonry variety are usually hardened. To make them truly authentic, you need to temper them to soften the metal. This can be done fairly easily. Simply spread a bunch on a cookioe sheet (if your SWMBO/LOML will allow you) and then bake them at 350-400 degrees for about an hour and then allow them to slowly cool. Another use for these nails is that the steel is pretty good to use for small blades for cutting gauges or small carving kinives.

I have to make me a couple of these saw benches (don’t know where I will put them, but I need them. I am also doing more and more of my work with hand tools these days. I like the idea of the wider top. One thing you might had is some holes in the top to use with a holdfast for securing work to the top of the bench. Also, possibly a shelf attached to the leg braces for a place to put tools and clamps, etc. Although, as I thinkg about it, that is also just something to catch saw dust. Nice job with the benches.

Doc

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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RGtools

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#10 posted 1168 days ago

Thanks doc.

Here is a pic of my first Sawbench. The shelf is handy but my second one (I always wanted a pair) will be much more similar to the one above since it will not interfere when French Ripping (sitting on the workpiece sawing between your legs with the teeth going away from you…thank god.)

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49768

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#11 posted 1168 days ago

and I thought my short step ladder was good enough….....when I’m done build the 837 hand planes I think I need, I’m gonna build one of these.

Seriously, it looks good. I liked RGtools as well. Maybe one of each?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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mpmitche

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#12 posted 1168 days ago

I like your bench too RG, I found last night while test driving the bench that I need somewhere for my square, tape, and pencil. I had always planned to build a second bench but the next one is a little more complicated as I have it planned out in my mind. It will have a shelf amoungst other things.

Doc,
I agree about the holes for holdfasts and intend to add at least one as soon as I cough up the dough for a holdfast to go in it. I’m not sure but I may need a backing board under the top at that point too.

Thanks for all the comments!

-- Mike, Western New York

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RGtools

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#13 posted 1167 days ago

That’s so funny, Don. take a look at my profile pic, I might be using the same short step ladder you did.

I need to update that.

MP two benches are better anyway. Can’t wait to see your second.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#14 posted 1165 days ago

I’ve been doing woodworking in some form or another for 35ish years. Suddenly this weekend I’m thinking, “I need a saw bench”.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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mpmitche

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#15 posted 1163 days ago

I used my new bench over the last week to build a garden trellis. It was mostly cross cuts and a couple long rips in 2x material. The bench worked great! It is a little high but it is so much easier than my other methods (on the bench, leaded against the bench, or on a cooler). I need to adjust the hight a little and then I think it will be all set to go. There were a few times when a second bench would have been handy so now I know my next project.

-- Mike, Western New York

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