Solid Saw Benches

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 02-10-2014 07:29 PM 4088 views 44 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a couple of saw benches I built using plans by Chris Schwarz. I was drawn to this design because of how solid they looked. Other than having a more suitable means of using my hand saws, I’m sure these will double as stands for furniture builds and heavy casework.

Cheap and easy to make. I used three southern yellow pine 2×10x10s, and oak dowels for pegs. All of which cost around $40. SYP is more dense than other pines, but still very easy to work with hand tools. I really enjoyed working with it, but I don’t think I would make furniture out of that stuff. Little too soft for me.

I milled the mortise and tenon joints with a dado blade. Most of the rest was done with hand tools. Finished with a couple coats of blonde shellac.

Some pics of the build:

Build some if you haven’t already. They’re fun.
Take care, Red

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 07:41 PM

The Schwarz has published at least three iterations of sawbench that I can recall, but this was the one I liked best, too. I’ve built a couple as gifts; one to a woodworki g friend, another to my dad. It is a fun build, well done Rojo. The scraper action is a nice detail.

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

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 07:44 PM

Looks solid. I’m sure they will be handy with your furniture builds.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 07:47 PM

They are very stout looking, no doubt. Great work as always BRK. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 07:52 PM

Red, nice. Are they designed to stack if need be for storage?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 08:00 PM

Thanks guys.

Todd- funny. Stackability is one thing I checked while determining the width of the lower shelf. They stack just fine with the dimensions of the plan. Especially since the top is nice and flat.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 08:02 PM

Well done Rojo.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 08:12 PM

Good to know. That definitely makes it more appealing to me.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 08:50 PM

well built. Strong sturdy and good looking. (I speak of the saw benches)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 09:31 PM

Those are some great looking benches Red!

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

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#10 posted 02-10-2014 10:22 PM

Very nice Rojo. I need to do the same. Favorited.

-- I love Jeeps

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#11 posted 02-10-2014 10:44 PM

Nice job!

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

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#12 posted 02-10-2014 10:51 PM

Looks nice Red. You could park a 747 on them and they would still hold

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#14 posted 02-10-2014 11:23 PM

Red, thanks for posting about this build. You know this is high on my short list and as soon as it’s not cold I’m going for it. I really like the look of these benches, excellent work as always!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#15 posted 02-11-2014 12:16 AM

Nicely done, Red. Did you rip your top down to 7” as in his plans or did you leave it closer to the 9-1/4” of a 2×10?

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