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Project by Mauricio posted 03-25-2012 05:57 PM 2581 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a pretty simple saw bench I made. Legs are Oak firewood and the top is SYP.

I split and roughed out the legs with my machete. I drilled the wholes with a one inch brace and bit.

The tenons were glued and wedged in place. The top was surfaced with an aggressive jack plane so there is a nice texture to it that you can’t see in the pics.

It’s actually a little short for sawing but it works great as a platform for my boys to stand on.

This was a fun project. I didn’t measure a thing.

How high is it? I don’t know.
What angle is the splay on the legs? Don’t know. The back legs splay out a little more than the front legs.
How wide or long is the top? Don’t know.
It’s very liberating to do everything by eye…

The bench is very stable, I weigh close to 200lbs and can stand on it with no problem. Now I need another one…

Thanks for looking!

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch





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#1 posted 03-25-2012 06:05 PM

I like it, Mauricio. Very basic, but a nice clean (yet rustic) aesthetic.

It’s very liberating to do everything by eye…

These are often my favorite projects.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 03-25-2012 06:45 PM

Oh I see the end plan Mauricio. You get the boys to service your car, so you get more time to work wood. I like the way you think my friend. Looks great by the way.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#3 posted 03-25-2012 07:06 PM

LOL, Andy, that was one of the many projects that kept me from my wooden screw project. I saved $200 by changing my own oxygen sensor (very easy by the way). Then spring yard work. I then realized after a comment I made to you that I had about 8 incomplete projects in the shop. The saw bench is one of those. I have one more I’ll post later today.

This week I WILL start carving that wooden screw!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 03-25-2012 07:08 PM

Brandon, thanks! It was a nice excuse to use my braces, they are still rusty though, yet another incomplete project…

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 03-25-2012 08:07 PM

Rusty braces are A-ok in my book. Let’s face it, we all can’t have Andy’s tools or his restoration abilities (or his godly patience). I tend to spend a lot of time cleaning tools that that are more affected by the rust—planes, chisels, saws—but so far my braces have worked just fine with a little bit of rust on them.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 03-25-2012 08:18 PM

Looks great Mauricio. Couple of fine looking mechanics too.

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#7 posted 03-25-2012 08:37 PM

I like it and it is obvious your boys do too. You have fine looking boys and a fine looking bench. Life is good!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 03-25-2012 09:54 PM

That bench will have many uses. Nice construction and well built. Good job.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#9 posted 03-25-2012 10:49 PM

Looks great Mauricio, I like the rustic design on this. Enjoy using it!

Take care,

Joe

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#10 posted 03-26-2012 12:02 AM

Legs are Oak firewood – I love it.

What a multi purpose bench. My wife would want that for our entry.

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

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#11 posted 03-26-2012 01:08 AM

Thanks for the comments guys, they are much appreciated!

Brandon your braces might have a little less rust than mine. Mine are pretty crusty, but your right, they work just the same except for the ratcheting action, too rusty for that.

Don, these rustic benches are all over the Country living magazines. You should make her one they are a fun project.

Even before gluing the legs in I I’ve been using it, for sawing, for the kids, for reaching the top of my tool cabinet. Tons of uses, it’s just that the legs would always fall out when I moved it, ha ha ha.

Thanks again all for looking and commenting.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 03-26-2012 01:09 AM

Great job and already useful

-- Norman

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#13 posted 03-26-2012 01:42 AM

Roughed out legs with Machete….

Definite galoot and man points awarded for such an activity. I love this design of bench. I might have to make one as my second saw-bench…two is always better than one.

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

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Mauricio

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#14 posted 03-26-2012 02:16 AM

Thanks Ryan, I did feal pretty manly but a I was dreaming of a Froe and a Draw Knife.

I was finishing a book shelf this weekend and I was wishing I had two of these to lay it on.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 03-26-2012 02:24 AM

Very nice, cant say my projects by eye come out that well, but you are right, it is very liberating

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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