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

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835 days ago

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

Whaddya think?

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#1 posted 835 days ago

Interesting idea ,really is a mini bench.

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#2 posted 835 days ago

That is an Awsome idea!

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#3 posted 835 days ago

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 835 days ago

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 835 days ago

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


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#6 posted 835 days ago

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 835 days ago

I like it.

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#8 posted 835 days ago

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 835 days ago


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#10 posted 835 days ago

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 835 days ago

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 835 days ago

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 834 days ago

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 834 days ago

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

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#15 posted 834 days ago

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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