Hand Tool School #2: Semester 1 - Project 2 - Sawbench

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Blog entry by jasonburr posted 02-28-2014 08:23 PM 1694 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had been looking forward to building the saw bench for a while. I really struggle with sawing to a line. I know that it takes practice, but sawing at bench height is a real pain. Having the use hold fasts or clamps to hold the board, trying to see your line at that height, not being able to get the full effect of letting gravity help, etc. I looked for a board that I could have a final 1” thickness for the top to no avail. I did not feel like making the top out of any premium lumber which is what I was looking for. I ended up using premium pine for the legs and stretchers and 2×6 redwood for the top. I bought it all from Home Depot for about $30. Work out fine in the end.

As far as construction goes, everything went fairly well. I took my time which has been an issue in the past. I have taught myself to put something away if I am running tight on time instead of just rushing to finish something. I built it almost in 1 evening. I spent about 45 minutes the next day finishing up. In all, I had about 4 hours in it.
I do enjoy using the bench. I have bad knees which is an issue during use. It is very uncomfortable using my knee to hold the board. I have resorted to wearing a knee pad while I use it. I feel like I nailed the right height the first time. My sawing accuracy has improved.

A few bonuses I discovered after building the bench. I have discovered how un-level my garage is. I place it in one place and it wobbles 1 way; I place it in another place and it wobbles a different way. I also discovered that it is a very handy seat. I have no seating in my garage and it works very well. It also puts me at a very good level to sit at my bench to sharpen. I think it will also be helpful when chopping dovetails. Overall, a very sturdy project and a welcome addition to the shop. It holds my ample girth without any protests. You can see pics here:

Now, on to sawing practice. Maybe my mom can drop me off.

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