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Project by GMatheson posted 05-06-2013 08:47 PM 1465 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 05-06-2013 09:14 PM

Nice! I always love the ways those round through tenons look from the top, especially when you add the wedge.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 05-06-2013 09:15 PM

Very nice!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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#3 posted 05-06-2013 09:24 PM

Looks great Gmath.

+1 on the appeal of the wedge look

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 05-06-2013 09:28 PM

This is my favorite design of sawbench. I have a few different kinds in my shop, but this one is lightwieght, easy to build, pretty and very functional. I have two of this style at home and they see constant use.

Let me know if the hold fast hole comes in handy. I will make a 30 second modificaiton if it is.

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

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#5 posted 05-06-2013 09:32 PM

Very nice

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#6 posted 05-07-2013 12:10 AM

Pretty cool! I use mine a lot. Works great for the kids to stand on to play on my workbench, it also functions as a step stool, chair, all kinds of stuff. We even bring it inside pretty often for when the kids have friends over and we need an extra seat. I need to make another one.

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

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#7 posted 05-07-2013 09:20 AM

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#8 posted 05-07-2013 12:05 PM

nice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 05-07-2013 01:59 PM

I like the saw too

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#10 posted 05-08-2013 12:23 PM

Very nice! I can’t tell you how much I could have done with that at the weekend. I sharpened a 5 1/2 PPI rip saw, then clamped a piece of softwood to my crappy Workmate to test it out. I was recording it for my saw sharpening video and when I played it back, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The Workmate was flexing up and down like nobody’s business and it just looked ridiculous. I’ll have to find something that is the right height and solid to use in order to show what that saw can do. Oh well, you live and learn. Take 2 next weekend. :o)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#11 posted 05-08-2013 12:55 PM

What you waiting for Andy? Grab some Sapele and MDF scraps and make yourself one!

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

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#12 posted 05-08-2013 01:42 PM

MDF Scraps? What do you take me for? I can promise you that there won’t be any MDF in my saw bench when I build it. It will be my next project because I’m desperate. In the meantime, I think I’ll kick over a big flower planter and use that.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#13 posted 05-08-2013 03:32 PM

You could throw a bench like this together in the morning before filming starts Andy. Would also be a good excuse to break out some of fancy braces of yours. I really had no idea how much I needed one until I had a bench to use.

The saw is a $5 saw I cleaned up. It’s 7 tpi rip and it cuts straight and fast. Of the umpteen saw I have this is my go to saw.

The holdfast hole did come in useful while ripping narrow boards. I used a holdfast instead of my knee which made it pretty easy to rip a 2” board in half.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 05-09-2013 02:30 AM

+1 on what gmath says. Andy, this saw bench takes a dew hours if you go slow. It’s well worth the time and materials.

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

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