|Project by Jim Rowe||posted 07-05-2012 02:25 PM||3884 views||11 times favorited||9 comments|
I have been following Mafe’s Blog on the creation of his Japanese Workshop (http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/30773) as I am interested in the tools and approach to construction that they embody. I don’t have the option to work indoors, like Mafe. My workshop is in the garage where I have a bench with a tool well along the back edge. Having followed Mafe’s approach on saw horses I thought it would be interesting to make a pair of them using traditional techniques but instead of using them for working on the floor I made them to fit across my bench surface anchored at the front and in the tool well by their cross members. I also renamed them “Bench Horses”. I added some holes to take two dowels to provide a support when sawing. The item being sawn is placed in front of the dowel as the Japanese saw cuts on the pull stroke.
Picture 1 shows the Horses waiting for a bench
Picture 2 shows them saddled across my bench
Picture 3 shows the arrangement when sawing wood.
I think this might be a useful addition to the traditional bench hook, especially when large pieces of timber and Japanese pull saws are being used.
-- It always looks better when it's finished!