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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 171 days ago 2211 views 38 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:






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

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LaMontagne





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 171 days ago

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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lightcs1776

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#2 posted 171 days ago

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 171 days ago

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

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 171 days ago

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

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

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BigRedKnothead

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#5 posted 171 days ago

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.

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LaMontagne

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CL810

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#6 posted 171 days ago

Well done Rojo.

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

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ToddJB

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#7 posted 171 days ago

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

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

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Don W

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#8 posted 171 days ago

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

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

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#9 posted 171 days ago

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 171 days ago

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

-- 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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#11 posted 171 days ago

Nice job!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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#12 posted 171 days ago

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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#13 posted 171 days ago

beauty!

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#14 posted 171 days ago

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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Tim

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#15 posted 171 days ago

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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