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Project by molan posted 06-08-2012 03:35 AM 2651 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this sawbench out of 4/4 maple that was left over from some other projects I had done. Let me say cutting dovetails by hand in 4/4 maple is not fun! I ended up using my drill press to remove as much waste as I could before chiseling the rest out! Turned out good though!

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 12:53 PM

Nice simple design. This will serve you very well. The wide apron should stiffen things up quite a bit (without adding unneeded weight), I bet you could use the top as a mortising stool. Nice looking dovetails even if they gave you fits.

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

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 02:45 PM

The dovetails look great. Awesome bench.

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

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 03:42 PM

I have actually used the top to chisel out the waste in dovetails on small parts. you can sit on it and do the work without tiring out your feet or your back, I got the idea from a popular woodworking magazine article

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#4 posted 03-03-2013 09:30 PM

That is an impressive dovetail. Nice job. You can start hand making Lego’s. :)

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#5 posted 03-03-2013 09:48 PM

This is perfect! I saw this article as well and plan to build one. If you ever hit the road for classes etc. you could build a travel tool box that the saw bench could slide over the top of.

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