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.