Saw benches

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Project by buck_cpa posted 03-30-2015 12:13 AM 2773 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a 2.5” x 12” x 7’ pressure treated timber. I couldn’t think of a good use for it in 2 years, so I knocked these out in a couple hours. Since the board was so wide, I cut all the leg joinery in single passes at the tablesaw, then ripped the legs – this was more efficient and consistent. They look good in the shop and make fine beer drinking benches. I’m sorry to all the purist for making this traditional shop accessory with power tools. I appreciate and admire the old methods, but my time is limited.

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 11:15 AM

Wonderful benches, who cares what tools you used as long as you enjoy them.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 11:35 AM

“they look good in the shop and make fine beer drinking benches”

50+ years ago my dad taught me how to build sawhorses as my first woodworking project. He also taught me that we don’t make sawhorses out of good material we use the scrap pile to find material that works for sawhorses. I was 10 years old at the time and built them with my first hand saw my mother bought for me as a birthday present.
So, to me the sign of a craftsman is, did he/she make their own sawhorses? Because it takes a little, I can use this and I can use that to get it done. And like you said a beer never taste as good as when it is enjoyed in the shop at the end of the day on the sawhorses.
Good job they look and work great.


-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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#3 posted 03-31-2015 02:42 PM

I think you did a fine job on them. Your “end tables” for the shop don’t have to look as nice as the one’s in the house. It’s the efficiency of their use. Great Job!

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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