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Project by briant posted 11-18-2011 08:45 PM 10306 views 89 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had made a Popular Woodworking/Schwarz style saw bench but found it not to be so great for making long rip cuts. Ron Herman’s design seemed to make more sense with it’s perpendicular sides, and holdfasts, but I still wanted a way to make rip cuts on narrow boards and still have everything supported. Some of the Saw Bench designs I found on the web had a slottted top but all had cross members (for rigidity) that you had to work around when making rip cuts. With this design they’re not in the way
The draw-bored mortice and tenon joints at the base made it surprisingly rigid.
It’s made from HD 2X4’s and 2X6’s
Brian

-- Brian, New Mexico





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 08:56 PM

Nice bench with excellent joinery. Well done on it and what I’ll assume is a handle restoration on that Disston! If I move towards doing more rip cuts by hand, I’ll pull this project to copy. Thanks for sharing!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#2 posted 11-18-2011 09:48 PM

one of the reasons this hasn’t made it to the top of my to-do list is I can’t decide on a style. I always figured I’d need 2. Now that you’ve changed that requirement, it may move up a notch. Nice looking bench.

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

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rance

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 09:54 PM

Wow. I didn’t know folks used saws like that any more. Where’s the cord? Nice job on the bench.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 11-18-2011 09:58 PM

oh very nice. looks like this provides with great support for the board. will have to check rob coseman version. curious…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 12:02 AM

good job on the sawbench :-)

Dennis

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#6 posted 11-19-2011 12:04 AM

Nicly done. In a few month do us a favor and post a review of the bench. I would like to see how it holds up to abuse. I think it will pass with a joinery you picked.

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

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mafe

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#7 posted 11-19-2011 01:56 AM

Thats clever!
I have not wanted a sawbench before now!
Thank you for sharing this idea with us.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#8 posted 11-19-2011 02:34 AM

Your saw horse design is so sweet! I sure could have used one of those 53 years ago when I cut the parts out for my dads boat – everything was hand sawn with Disstons (only the best for us) LOL

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 11-19-2011 02:42 AM

Rance you are so silly there is no cord! Its battery powered

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#10 posted 11-19-2011 04:16 AM

That’s a lovely execution of a utilitarian tool. I really like the styling of the feet.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#11 posted 11-19-2011 05:14 AM

Im interested in how well this will hold up. It certainly looks great. You may have settled my mind on a design type. A+ on joinery.

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#12 posted 11-19-2011 07:31 AM

Thanks all for the compliments, I will keep you all posted as to the success or failure of this project. I’m not sure if I will even put a finish on it as it was only a poke in the dark. I’m thinking that a few holes drilled for hold fasts might be a good idea, but the wood used for this prototype is pretty soft. I’ll have to think this through a bit more. So far so good. For a ripping saw bench it’s looking good so far…......
Again thank you all for the encouraging words.
Brian

-- Brian, New Mexico

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#13 posted 11-19-2011 03:02 PM

I really like this bench. Great design and the functionality is perfect. My problem is I only use Japanese saws and it wouldn’t really work for me. Just could help commenting on it. Nice work on a very functional piece of shop equipment.

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#14 posted 11-19-2011 04:46 PM

Why Tim?

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

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#15 posted 11-19-2011 04:50 PM

I love this sawbench. This is one I might actually build. Thanks for sharing!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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