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07-25-2017 04:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sawing bench

Hey all you hand tool experts: do any of you use a sawing bench? A low bench you kneel on while using a panel saw? I have been thinking about making something but I am unfamiliar with the design and features that would be valuable in such a bench. Please share ideas and photos if you can. THANKS

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#1 posted 07-25-2017 06:57 AM

Stumpy has step by step here It’s a very useful tool

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#2 posted 07-25-2017 12:13 PM

I don’t use one but here is the Schwarz's article on building one. There’s a pdf link at the bottom that has full dimensions.

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#3 posted 07-25-2017 03:25 PM

If you build the Schwarz benches a word of caution: simply gluing the legs to the top will not work. The first time I used it one of the legs detached.

I recommend pegs or screws to reinforce this joint it is a xgrain joint. Or you could do a dovetail joint.

My only other “thing” about these is they are not long enough to sit on if you’re a tall guy.

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#4 posted 07-25-2017 03:50 PM

I’ve been meaning to build a saw bench, but honestly I just saw at the bench vise like Paul Sellers does in his videos (worth watching). I also use a bunch hook and a mitre box saw for crosscutting.

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#5 posted 07-26-2017 11:18 AM

I use whatever’s handy. My five board bench gets pressed into service some times. It’s about 21” high. A smaller stool I built a couple years ago gets used enough that I already need to repaint the top of it because it’s all dinged up. It’s 18” high. But I also use my regular workbench, which has a 1” piece of stainless on its front edge that sits about 3/32” proud of the benchtop and serves very nicely to hold work when I’m using a pull saw. And finally, I use the face vise on my bench to hold work. That bench is something like 38” high.

Finally, I’m finishing up a “roman workbench” as time and the weather permits. 21” high last I checked, and it’ll have a bunch of holes for holdfasts and dogs.

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#6 posted 07-26-2017 12:15 PM

I was making a tool tote and ending up making this handy little set up that I can use
for hand tools and or power tools.

The tray on the bottom has served me well and I can also stand on it.

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#7 posted 07-26-2017 12:33 PM

It was a 6’ bench, now it’s 2 saw benches.

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#8 posted 07-26-2017 12:37 PM

The Schwarz has put out several iterations of saw bench, I built his earliest model and love it.

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#9 posted 07-26-2017 12:44 PM

Nice joinery on your bench Smitty, I like the through tenons on the bottom rails:

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#10 posted 07-26-2017 01:20 PM

I use a split top version … not much to look at, but it makes for easy ripping! My sawhorses are same height as this bench … cross-cutting is a breeze … having support on both sides of the split.
 

 

 

 

 

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#11 posted 07-26-2017 01:44 PM

I use my travelling bench with the auxiliary shorter legs attached.

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#12 posted 07-26-2017 02:28 PM

Lots of good ideas here. Thanks everyone!

I think i would like to try the sliding tapered dovetails on the legs. Anyone have advice or want to talk me out of it?

Also, I am thinking i will use 2×8 construcrion lumber. Probably doubling up on the legs.

I might also build Dave P’s bench just for sitting on.

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#13 posted 07-26-2017 03:39 PM



Nice joinery on your bench Smitty, I like the through tenons on the bottom rails

- waho6o9

Those were definitely a learning experience, and it’s best you don’t look too close… ;-)

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#14 posted 07-26-2017 04:22 PM

I built the Schwarz version, and use it all the time. It has been handy.

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#15 posted 07-26-2017 06:02 PM

I built a Fidgen-designed sawbench out of SYP. I also slapped together a small sawhorse to help with crosscutting longer boards.

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