|Project by GMatheson||posted 05-06-2013 08:47 PM||1877 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
I’ve been meaning to make a saw bench for a while now. Since I got into hand tool work I have been using a chair as a saw bench. It had served me well but it was a tad too tall and I always hated when the saw hit the metal legs of the chair and longer rips have always been a challenge.
Fast forward to today. A friend had given me an old Oak fireplace mantle so I figured it would make a nice bench top. I made it 9” wide and 30” long. For the legs I had some 1-1/2” Maple. I drilled the holes in the top freehand hoping that the feet would flare out and have almost the same footprint as the top. Some worked out better than others but it’s still pretty stable. I used some mahogany wedges and glue to keep everything together then cut the legs to give the bench a final height of 20” and added a hole for a holdfast.
As it sits right now there is no finish on it but I may give it a coat or two of Danish Oil later on.
-- Greg in Ontario, Canada