Sawbench: Inspired by Chris Schwarz

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Project by jcontract posted 12-12-2009 07:20 PM 7913 views 11 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Sawbench was inspired by the many excellent Chris Schwarz blogs on Lost Art Press. Since I have two young children (ages 8 and 6), the majority of my woodworking occurs after their bedtime. And power tools really aren’t an option at that hour. I’m not complaining in the least. There’s something very satisfying about working in complete quiet. So I built this sawbench so that I could rough cut long lengths of stock with the panel saw.

The bench is made of Ash. The finish is 1 part boiled linseed oil, 1 part varnish (non-poly), and 1 part mineral sprits. According to Chris, this is a good all-purpose finish when moisture protection isn’t all that important.

I’d love to claim that all of the joints were hand-sawn. Alas, only the short stretchers were. I really couldn’t resist getting really tight joints. Where the legs meet the top especially. I have my friend John T. to thank for that.

I’ve already put the bench to use on my current project, an Adirondack Chair. I needed to rough cut a bunch of 10’-12’ Sepele Mahogany boards down to rough lengt for parts. It made for great sawing practice. Chris is absolutely correct. This sawbench is at just the right height for panel saw cutting. It allows for the proper sawing angle, and it really makes sawing by hand actually fun. With a nice sharp (and stright) saw, cutting by hand is something I look forward to.

There is also a sawbench “buddy” that is smaller than this bench, which allows for support when you have really long boards. I have the components cut for it and I just need to assemble.

By the way, that’s the new Lie-Nielsen 20 inch panel saw on the sawbench.

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 02:03 AM

Welcome to LJ’s, nice looking bench and joints. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 02:59 AM

Nice job on the sawbench!

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#3 posted 01-02-2010 04:49 PM

Love the bench. Seems a bit smaller, and I like that feature.

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 03:00 PM

Love this bench, I remember seeing this on The Woodrights Shop with the excellent sawing tips/styles demonstrated by Chris.
Thanks for the inpisration and great photos. We are close in location of IRENE, hope you and your family are safe, I added you to the buddies list. Be well.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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