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Project by Tedstor posted 1130 days ago 2748 views 16 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a really small shop. So as much as I’d like to build every shop fixture and accessory I see and read about, I just don’t have the room. That said, the stuff I do build needs to be versatile and wear a lot of hats.
A sawbench is shop accessory I’ve been wanting for a while now. Unfortunately, I didn’t think I’d use it enough to justify having it in the shop. However, I stumbled upon a plan in a 2005 Pop-woodworking mag that seemed perfect for my needs, and performed many functions.
Its actually a sawbench/stepstool, which is great for me since my shop has high walls and shelving. The rest of my house also has 9ft walls and I have exterior light fixtures and a flag mount, so a step stool is something I have a constant need for.
I modified the original plan with a thicker top and dog holes, mainly to mount power tools. I also added a stretcher to the front of the stool so I could place it on top on my bench and clamp workpieces for joinery work (ala benchtop bench).
I’ve been using this for a few weeks now, and I can definitely say that its a tool that I’ll never do without in the future. Great use of some surplus 3/4” ply and some glued-up 2×4s.
Anyway, here’s the plan I used.

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/sawbench_shop_stool





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BarbS

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#1 posted 1130 days ago

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 1130 days ago

Real nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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jim C

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#3 posted 1130 days ago

I can think of a hundred uses for that. I’m vertically challenged and I hate reaching for stepladders.
You could add spring loaded disappearing casters, and move it with your foot wherever you needed it. When on the bench, you could retract the casters by clamping on the stretcher. Just a thought.
Thanks.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 1130 days ago

I like this. I need to get “up” three (3) steps, but this has great possibilities for me. Thanks !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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SCOTSMAN

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#5 posted 1130 days ago

These little workbenches/stools are a great addition to any shop I love this one it looks nice and practical. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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RGtools

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#6 posted 1129 days ago

You’ll use that till the day you lay down your tools. It always feels good to make something like that.

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

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Tedstor

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#7 posted 1129 days ago

Jim- My local library has step stools with the casters you mention. It didn’t occur to me that they would be a great addition to my stool until you mentioned it. Thanks.

Alistair- Its practical indeed. I truly love the classy sawbench designs that most people seem to be making lately. But the plain-jane design I choose simply meeets my particular needs better.
I don’t recommend painting it though. The plywood I used was salvaged from my neighbor’s yard sale signage, and it was a bit scratched-up. Even so, I was not intending to paint it until my 6 yo son asked if he could “help” me build the stool. Never having the heart to turn the boy away, I sprayed on some primer, and gave the boy some green paint and a roller. He actually did a pretty good job, however a tool that will be constantly moved around, stepped-on, and used to to perch power tools doesn’t seem to hold paint very well. Go figure. LOL.

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docholladay

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#8 posted 1128 days ago

Thanks for posting this. That plan is perfect. I also have a very small shop. I have been wanting a saw bench, but, like you, it would be best if I could combine it to play more than one role and occasionally a shop stool would be handy too.

Doc

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

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