|Project by Mike Lingenfelter||posted 07-24-2008 04:15 AM||8806 views||25 times favorited||24 comments|
Last week I attended a week long handsawing class, taught by Christopher Schwarz at the Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, OR. It was one of the best weeks I’ve spent woodworking. One of the projects we walked away with was a Sawbench. Everyone of the cuts and joints were cut using handsaws. The bench is made from Southern Yellow Pine and I have to say it was quite the challenge to work with, using hand tools. Southern Yellow Pine has soft early-wood and pretty hard late-wood. This makes it a course wood to work with. So some of the joints aren’t as smooth as I would have liked. Although, most of what you see in the pictures are pretty tight :). I’m very please with how it came out. This was the first project we worked on. Some of the first cuts weren’t my best, but I was able to clean them up with hand planes and chisels.
You will notice a holdfast on the top of the bench. These benches were also used to chop mortises. The holdfast is set up to hold your workpiece over one of the legs, as your are chopping the mortise. Chopping over a leg give you a lot of support, during the chopping. Also, if you spin the holdfast around and knock it down onto the top, it turns into a handle.
We also made a Silverware Tray with hand-cut dovetails. I still have a few things to finish up on that project. I’ll post it after it is finished.