Saw Bench

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Project by bondogaposis posted 05-10-2016 01:47 AM 1486 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to try my hand at some of this staked leg furniture that Chris Schwarz writes about. I needed a saw bench, so this was the perfect project to dive in and give it a try. The top is maple and the legs are red oak. It turned out to be a surprisingly easy project. Getting the rake and splay of the the legs was done by eye, guided by a bevel gauge. It is a fairly forgiving process, not difficult to learn. The legs are tapered squares with chamfers, fat end down. The tenons are tapered cones like a pencil and turned on the lathe. The mortises are made with a tapered reamer. Wedges and glue hold the tenons in the mortise. It is very sturdy and solid, and should last longer than I will.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 05-10-2016 10:59 AM

Can you recreate the version of this one, I have gone to the site but their showroom is very far from my location.

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#2 posted 05-10-2016 02:03 PM

Very nice sawbench. Looks like you got the angles right (the biggest challenge I’ve found is making them all close enough to the same that they don’t come out of plane when you look at two of hte legs together).
Did you use dry lumber for the legs? If so, you might try green lumber and a drawknife another time.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 05-10-2016 04:28 PM

jdh122, yes I used dry lumber for the legs. Green legs would be great, but unfortunately I live in an are where there are no native hardwoods other than cottonwood, Montana. So obtaining green hardwood is a near impossibility.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 05-10-2016 09:06 PM

What? No pose? Surely it is sturdy enough.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#5 posted 05-14-2016 04:00 AM

Great looking saw bench, now are you actually going to use it to saw wood and mutter under your breath
when you make the first gouge in it? Looks like you are enjoying your new shop and having fun making
things. As usual great scenery.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 05-14-2016 01:26 PM

Blue pine, actually I’m not planning on sawing on it. I built it to set my Dutch tool chest on to bring it up to a convenient height. I haven’t got around to photographing the tool chest yet, that will be the next project that I will post. I really am enjoying my new shop. I have so much more room, than my old cramped space.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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