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Split Top Saw Bench with wedge powered Wagon Vice and Integrated Saw Till

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Project by TerryDowning posted 12-03-2013 05:17 PM 3960 views 34 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided I needed a saw bench and did a lot of research here on Lumberjocks and around the web and I’ve seen lots of saw benches; some I like, some not. I knew I needed one but wasn’t sure where to start. Until I saw episode 3 of the old timey workshop! by StumpyNubs.

I also decided that there is a bunch of wasted space under the top so I figured this would be a great place to add a saw till.

You can read about my though process and the details in my blog series for this bench.

I used some left over pine bed rails and some construction grade dimensional white wood from the big box store. All told I have spent less than $15 on this project and even during its construction it became a useful piece of shop furniture.

Enjoy!!

-- - Terry





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NinjaAssassin

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#1 posted 12-03-2013 05:25 PM

Looks awesome. Great job Terry!

-- - Billy

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nobuckle

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#2 posted 12-03-2013 05:25 PM

Very cool! I started making one a while back that will have a split top. Yours inspires me to make some design changes.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#3 posted 12-03-2013 05:32 PM

Such a cool bench Terry. The addition of the wagon vise is awesome, not to mention the built-in saw till. Well done!

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 12-03-2013 06:34 PM

Once again: great job! And the saw till is a cherry on the top!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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TerryDowning

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#5 posted 12-03-2013 06:36 PM

Thanks for the kind comments!

The saw till and wagon vise just seemed to make sense. I don’t know why I’ve never seen one before. Perhaps because most saw benches are shorter than this.

-- - Terry

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#6 posted 12-03-2013 06:43 PM

Ah, the beloved Bondo Pose!

Very nice job on the saw bench, Terry. That it’s useful aready is no surprise; you’ve packed a lot of punch in that little guy. Congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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TerryDowning

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#7 posted 12-03-2013 06:46 PM

More like a mini work bench. A face vise would be awesome on it!! I’m not sure where I’d put it on the bench though and it would definitely throw off the balance when moving it.

That’s the 2nd best part of the wedge powered vice. It’s light weight, even with the laminated top. The saw till counter balances nicely and it moves where I need it to very easily.

The best part of the wedge vise is the cost!!

-- - Terry

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#8 posted 12-03-2013 07:34 PM

I really like that and have a hankering to build one for myself. Nice job!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#9 posted 12-03-2013 08:10 PM

Excellent job, Terry!

Looks very useful as an additional work space, too. The Bondo pose is great, too. Nice to put your face with your name. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 12-03-2013 08:27 PM

This is really cool. I def see one of these in my future. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#11 posted 12-03-2013 11:00 PM

Multi functional. Really nice job.

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#12 posted 12-03-2013 11:08 PM

Good job T! Very utilitarian.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#13 posted 12-03-2013 11:13 PM

nice job!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#14 posted 12-03-2013 11:56 PM

Great little bench Terry. I agree it’s nice to put a face to a name that I knew from SS even before I came here.
Glad to see another V8 wagon vice. I was just putting the finishing touches on mine for my mini bench this afternoon.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#15 posted 12-03-2013 11:58 PM

Thanks for all of the kind comments!

-- - Terry

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