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Project by RGtools posted 04-11-2012 03:31 AM 3426 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have long wanted a second saw-bench. Don’t get me wrong, I love my first one. It’s built like a tank, and its extra girth has made is so much more than just a panel sawing station…but it’s so darn heavy. I have taken this to a few job-sites and it’s a drag to haul around.

I decided that like a well matched couple sometimes opposites attract. I have seen enough of this type of bench that I can’t attribute it to any one person, but I can say who’s bench finally made me pull the trigger. Maurico Made his with a machete ...once I read that I had no excuses whatsoever not to make my own.

It took me a little under three hours to build mine. Tools used:

Scrub plane (note the tearout in the leg….I could have cleaned that up but I decided that did not matter)
Drawknife
Spokeshave
Jack
Jointer
Drill press (I don’t have a 1 1/4 auger bit…and I would have used the drill press anyway for this sort of thing since it saves so much time)
various layout tools
crosscut saw
heavy rip saw
Hand drill
Tenon saw (a junky piece of crap…but everything else I have makes too narrow a kerf for the wedges)
Smoother/block to calm the corners a bit so it’s comfortable to pick up

You can fill in the blanks. Make one, you won’t be sorry.

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





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 04-11-2012 04:19 AM

Looks cool, definetly a contrast in style from the beefy one. Well done.

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Brandon

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#2 posted 04-11-2012 04:22 AM

Nice, RG. I like how you shaped the legs—I thought they were made from dowels! This one should be nice and light for portability. Still, that heavy one is a dream. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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dubsaloon

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#3 posted 04-11-2012 06:21 AM

Strong and wonderful. Love the tennon.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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Don W

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#4 posted 04-11-2012 11:39 AM

you can never have to many!!

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

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Mauricio

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#5 posted 04-11-2012 12:42 PM

Ha ha, thats a good looking bench RG! I like the proportions of the top and the thicker legs.

I see you went with an Oak top, I was afraid of eventual splitting so I thought pine would be ideal. Yours looks pretty solid though.

Thanks for the shout out! (the link to my project is a little off by the way).

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

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RGtools

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#6 posted 04-11-2012 12:58 PM

Thanks Shane, the two should still work very well together. to make sure they ended up the same height, after I flattened the top, I clamped this bench upside-down on my workbench with the legs just touching the top of my other sawbench, I used a dovetail saw sliding on a playing card pressed against the top of my reference bench to transfer layout kerfs to my new benches legs. The card keeps the old top from getting scratched up and gives enough room to adjust for set…the the end the height was dead on.

Brandon, the legs were a treat, the scrub did the work of getting everything round and to a mild taper…the spokeshave did the fitting of the joint.

Dubbsaloon, Thank you very much I was pretty impressed with how well the through tenons came out….wedges work wonders.

Mauricio…of course I did the shout out on your bench, I have wanted a second for a long while and I kep coming up with reasons why I was not making it (lack of time, lack of tools…bla bla bla). I saw yours and said “I am now shamed into making a sawbench”. Truth be told I had the splitting thought too, but I think with the thickness and the round tenon it should be OK….I’ll let you know if it ends up otherwise. I only went with oak because I had the right scraps on hand, as it turns out I had the tools and the materials I just needed a bit of motivation; thanks for supplying it.

EDIT:

DON. You are correct fine sir…Why the heck did I skip you the first time? I still want to make CS 5.95 sawbench…mostly so I can play with my rasp shaping the mouth.

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

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Philip

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#7 posted 04-11-2012 11:22 PM

Very nice, I like it. Great hand tool build

-- I never finish anyth

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RGtools

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#8 posted 04-12-2012 12:05 AM

Thanks Philip…I cheated with the drill press, but that is one power tool I can give a pass…it come sin handy for things like this too ofter to write off.

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

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doncutlip

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#9 posted 04-12-2012 12:10 AM

Fine looking work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

#10 posted 04-12-2012 03:33 AM

SCORE!!!!! I like them both. You know it works when the kids can balance on it…..

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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RGtools

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#11 posted 04-12-2012 01:05 PM

Don and KTMM…Thank you very much. All my kids have hooves…but maybe the goats would not mind a few of these to play on….hmmmn.

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

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#12 posted 04-12-2012 03:24 PM

Both ends of the spectrum caught in the first photo. Walnut for the wedges? Very handsome bench RG. Well done!

-- ~Tony

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RGtools

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#13 posted 04-12-2012 03:58 PM

I always have scrap black walnut on hand, it seemed like a good contrast and I like medium density woods like walnut and cherry for wedges since they compress a bit and fill any gaps caused by the slightly irregular kerf of the saw. Thanks Tony, can’t wait to see your sawbench when it’s done.

Also note how I don’t need a ripping notch since I can nest these two benchs so tightly together….

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

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AnthonyReed

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#14 posted 04-12-2012 04:47 PM

I did not mean to sound as though I was second guessing your choice on the wedge. Rather, I liked it and wanted to know what contrasted so nicely with the oak.

The notch had not occurred to me.. nice added bonus.

-- ~Tony

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RGtools

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#15 posted 04-12-2012 06:06 PM

I did not figure you were. I was just giving one of my typical rambling responses.

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

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