Saw Bench

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Project by CodyM posted 05-11-2012 02:33 AM 5960 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw bench made from the plans of Christopher Schwarz’s book “The Workbench Design Book.” All parts made from home center 2 by Douglas Fir that was allowed to dry out for several months. I began making this bench using all hand tools but the fir is definately not friendly with the hand tools. The extreme difference in density between earlywood and latewood made any chisel work a nightmare and resulted in severe tearout. So I quickly switched to using power tools to finish up. The nails are 2 1/2” masonry nails (similar to cut nails) but were a bit too large for this particular project. After using this for a couple of months I decided the top end without the notch was too long and was prone to tipping when crosscutting, so I cut about 3” off. This made it alot more stable and I no longer get any tipping when crosscutting. Now I just need to make another one for supporting really long workpieces.

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 06:04 AM

Nicely done!

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 10:49 AM

Looks good, Cody! I’ve been thinking about making a couple of these guys.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 05-11-2012 01:50 PM

Nice! I just finished one myself—I should post it.

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 04:38 PM

Saw benches are so handy, I need to make myself one. Great job.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 04:13 AM

Nice, I know what you mean about the doug fir,art least with hardwood you know where you stand, with fir every 1/2 inch is like a different wood.

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

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