LumberJocks Which Tim Builds a Saw Bench (Part 3)

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Blog entry by Tim Anderson posted 11-19-2013 03:06 PM 1691 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And so we move on to the conclusion of this new useful work surface. When we last left the saw bench, it was dry fitted and ready for gluing. I then added some glue (quite a bit for some of my sloppier joints, and glued the whole thing together. I actually found that the bench was very stable once glued despite my somewhat sloppy joints, so I didn’t need to do any reinforcing beneath. After that, I found that it was a far cry from flat, so I had to spend quite a lot of time getting the two sides to be flat and un-twisted. Sure was glad I bought a #7 plane recently.

Took most of the afternoon, but I got it all done and flat in the end.

And once that was done, I was on to the first test cut. Behold the awesome high-speed sawing action. I refer only to the blade moving at high speed. The cut was moving very very slowly through the maple I was using to test the bench. It was actually my first time ripping maple, so it surprised me how much longer it took than ripping pine boards. Very glad I had somewhere comfortable to cut instead of awkwardly trying to use my vise.

After a good 15-20 minutes, my inaugural cut was concluded:

As I went to cut my second 2” slice of maple, I found that I was going to have trouble holding it with just my knee. Holding it would be fine for a while, but eventually, I’d run into the problem that my knee was in the line of fire. I decided that despite the thin top size, I would try to drill some holdfast holes, and if they didn’t work out to hold well in a 1.5” thick benchtop, I’d just add more wood below to reinforce them later. Then began the drilling. All in all, it went very quickly.

Turns out the Gramercy holdfasts worked just fine in the thin benchtop, so my second cut was held for me, no knee required. I just had to put a bit of pressure to keep the bench from moving around, and it was easy as pie to cut.

And a final blurry concluding shot of my second saw bench cut:

The whole thing worked out very well, and I look forward to using this saw bench for many years to come. It makes sawing much easier due to the more comfortable height and sawing angle than trying to do it up on my bench.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 03:16 PM

Tim, I’ve always found this design to be intriguing because it’s tailor-made for ripping as well as crosscuts. The flared sides to my sawbench require that I move a board outward to rip, which causes issues with balance. Or it requires that I rip 8 inches at a time by having the board overhang the v-notch at the front end of the sawbench. I’ve already sawed into the v-notch areas and it’s starting to look beat up.

In any event, good build and thank you for sharing how it performs in use.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 03:21 PM

Tim – I’ve liked this approach since you first posted about it and it looks like it’s worked out just great.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 03:24 PM

looking good!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 11-19-2013 03:44 PM

Great work Tim!

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 04:39 PM

Nice work Tim and your bench looks really useful. I wouldn’t mind having one of these myself. It also makes a nice little bench to sit on (I do a lot of that).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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