Dumb question on making a saw bench

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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-10-2012 05:08 PM 1031 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2012 05:08 PM

I had planned on making a Chris Schwarz style traditional saw bench soon but then I realized I was missing something – a saw. I don’t think I have a saw big enough as I only have a small (210mm) ryoba.

What size and type of handsaw do you need to cut out the parts of a saw bench?


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#1 posted 05-10-2012 06:25 PM

Most sawbenches I’ve seen assume you will be using the bench with a 25” to 26” saw.

If you don’t have such a saw, it escapes me why you want a sawbench in the first place???

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 07:15 PM

Hmmm, why do I want a saw bench if I don’t have a saw. Good question. That’s why I need a saw ;)

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 07:22 PM

Which came first? That’ll be a hoot.


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#4 posted 05-10-2012 07:25 PM

So 25 to 26”, is that considered a panel saw? Who makes an excellent saw in this range these days?

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#5 posted 05-10-2012 09:52 PM

Schwartz recomends the stanley sharptooth saws. There are different lenghs, and I have been using the 20” one for years before I heard him talk about them. They cut really well, I’ve used my for everything from cutting boards to lenght, breaking down plywood and OSB, and rip-cutting purple-heart. Mine has a wooden handle and really seems to be well made at around 15-20 bucks at Lowes. It’s a great saw, no sharpening required. There is also a 26” version.

That said, if all you want to do is BUILD a saw-bench, but not USE it, then you could definitely use the saw you have and a bench hook to make it.

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