What do you think of this super sawhorse from down under?

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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-09-2012 01:49 PM 2594 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2012 01:49 PM

Looks like an interesting project and useful (at least from my inexperienced eye).

Whaddya think?

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#1 posted 05-09-2012 01:52 PM

Interesting idea ,really is a mini bench.

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 01:52 PM

That is an Awsome idea!

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 01:53 PM

NO WAY would I use that in the shop. I’d put it next to my chair in the house and just wax it every day. That ain’t no workshop tool. That’s furniture.
Great post.


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#4 posted 05-09-2012 01:55 PM

I’m still looking for a first project because I can’t find the top of my ‘general stuff’ workbench in the basement. Was thinking this might help kill two birds with one stone.

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#5 posted 05-09-2012 02:44 PM

I can easily see how this bench could be used in a lot of ways.


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#6 posted 05-09-2012 02:59 PM

I’d need to brace it on the lower end, there is no way you could plane on that without collapsing it.

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#7 posted 05-09-2012 03:01 PM

I like it.

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#8 posted 05-09-2012 03:08 PM

Looks like a great workbench especially if you have a small shop. I agree with Bill; it looks too nice to use in the shop.

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#9 posted 05-09-2012 03:43 PM


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#10 posted 05-09-2012 04:34 PM

I think I’m going to try to combine this and Chris Swarz’s traditional. My thinking is to start out with the traditional design with the appliance holes and any slight modifications if I wanted to add vises like his later.

What do you think?

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#11 posted 05-09-2012 04:59 PM

Kinda excited about this really. Two questions to help me on my way…

1. what wood choices – top and/or structure?
2. why does the traditional bench have that ‘bird’s mouth’ on one end?

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#12 posted 05-09-2012 09:23 PM

I too like this.
Bill White and Julian – Just think as furniture you could also use it for cracking nuts and crushing beer cans.

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#13 posted 05-09-2012 09:50 PM

That’s a great looking sawhorse, but it doesn’t look sturdy enough to do any planing. I have a pair of sawhorses that I made years age; see sketch. It is wide and they stack.

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#14 posted 05-09-2012 10:54 PM

If that saw stool is stable, I think it would be great!

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#15 posted 05-10-2012 02:18 AM

Oh I think it’s sturdy enough for planing but not long enough
and probably not heavy enough.

A lower stretcher might help a bit but imo it needs to be
either substantially weighted-down or substantially lengthened
to resist the forces of planing that lift the back of the bench
off the ground and mess up the cut.

Maybe I’m wrong though. I usually use a bench stop when
planing, not dogs.


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